Joyce Kwok is an Australian national and is best known as the wife of a politician, Tim Watts. Her husband is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2013 federal election, representing the Victorian seat of Gellibrand. Since 1 June 2022, Watts has served as Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs in the ministry of Anthony Albanese.
Joyce Kwok was born and raised in Australia. When it comes to his wife’s parents and siblings, Joyce Kwok hasn’t shared the information related to her parents and siblings. However, Mr. Watts is a descendant of John Watts, an immigrant from England who was a member of the first parliament of Queensland.
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Watts attended Centenary Heights State High School in Toowoomba. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Bond University, a Master of Public Policy and Management from Monash University and a Master of Science in Politics and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He worked as a solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques from 2003 to 2005. He subsequently worked for Senator Stephen Conroy as deputy chief of staff from 2005 to 2009, and briefly as a senior adviser to Victorian premier John Brumby. In 2009 he was recruited by Telstra to advise on the company’s relationship with the new National Broadband Network, with the title of corporate relations manager. His appointment was seen as part of a strategy by the new CEO David Thodey to repair Telstra’s relationship with the federal government, which had deteriorated under his predecessor Sol Trujillo.
In April 2013, Watts won ALP preselection for the Division of Gellibrand, following the retirement of the incumbent MP Nicola Roxon. He was initially one of five candidates for preselection, including future senator Kimberley Kitching and Roxon’s preferred candidate Katie Hall. However, the others withdrew prior to the final ballot. He reportedly had the support of Stephen Conroy’s Centre Unity faction.
Watts retained Gellibrand for the ALP at the 2013 federal election. In parliament, he has served on a number of standing committees. Following the 2019 election, he was appointed to new leader Anthony Albanese’s shadow ministry as an assistant shadow minister with the portfolios of communications and cyber security.
In February 2021 he announced plans for a national ransomware strategy. In 2020, Watts was mentioned in secret recordings made of ALP powerbroker Adem Somyurek, who described him as “bowing to me”. Following the murder of Fiona Warzywoda in the electorate in 2014, Watts campaigned for preventing and removing family violence across Melbourne’s West and Australia.
In 2014, Watts launched the bipartisan ‘Parliamentarians against Family Violence’ with Coalition MP’s Andrew Broad and Ken Wyatt. Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty addressed a meeting of the group in 2015, expressing that ‘Cross-party commitment is important to the issue of family and domestic violence’.
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Watts has also written on the economic growth of Indonesia in recent years, stating “there is no other nation in Asia more important to our future than Indonesia”. Subsequently, he has called for an increase to the cap on working holiday visas for Indonesians and argued that it is time Australians consider Indonesia as “critical” to both the economic prosperity and security of the country.
Watts has written on the importance of multiculturalism in modern Australian society, and in doing so has called for a new Australian flag that does not bear the Union Jack. He described the importance of national symbols and the importance in ensuring they are reflective of the ‘modern, multicultural, Southeast Asian nation we have become’.
Who is Tim Watts wife
Joyce Kwok is the wife of Tim Watts, they had their wedding in Australia. Joyce Kwok is a private and they have two children. Watts lives in Footscray with his wife and two children. Since about 2006, Watts has been the author of a blog entitled “Blogging the Bookshelf”, in which he discusses the books that he has been reading. In 2015, Watts and Labor MP Clare O’Neil released Two Futures: Australia at a critical moment through Text Publishing, which sought to address long-term policy challenges facing Australia. In 2019 he released another book, The Golden Country: Australia’s Changing Identity.
Joyce Kwok net worth
The net worth of Joyce Kwok hasn’t been revealed yet.