Meet Varun Ghosh: Australian Senator sworn in on Bhagavad Gita

New Delhi | Updated: 07 February, 2024 9:03 pm IST
Meet Varun Ghosh: Australian Senator who swore oath on Bhagavad Gita.

NEW DELHI: Varun Ghosh, an Australian Senator of Indian descent, recently created a milestone by swearing his oath of office on the Bhagavad Gita. Ghosh, a former barrister, will assume the Senate position vacated by Pat Dodson, who resigned due to cancer treatment, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Revealing the latest addition to the Labor Party caucus, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed confidence that Varun Ghosh would serve as an influential representative for Western Australia.

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“I was so pleased to support your candidacy and I say this as well, you’ve got big shoes to fill,” Mr Albanese was quoted as saying by the local newspaper.

On February 5, Anthony Albanese posted on mivroblogging site X, extending a warm welcome to Varun Ghosh, the newest Senator representing Western Australia. Albanese expressed his enthusiasm for having Ghosh join the team.

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Who is Varun Ghosh?

Varun Ghosh, born in 1985, presently works as a barrister at the Francis Burt Chambers. Previously, he has worked in commercial and administrative law, as well as industrial relations and employment law.

Ghosh’s parents, who are both doctors, relocated from India to Australia during the 1980s. Subsequently, Ghosh became a member of the Labor Party in Perth at the age of 17.

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He holds an honours degree in Law and Arts from the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he has been involved in the Guild Council as both Chair and guild secretary.

Ghosh also possesses a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

In a statement regarding his new position, Ghosh remarked, “I have had the privilege of a good education and believe strongly that high-quality education and training should be available to everyone.”

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In extending a welcome to Ghosh, Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong expressed confidence that he would serve as a robust advocate for his community and the people of Western Australia.

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