Chris was born in 1961 in Brisbane to Ron and Judy Ketter. He is married with four children and lives in Brisbane.
Chris considers it a great honour to have been elected as a Senator for Queensland, to be able to serve the people in our nation's parliament and to work with other senators and members for the good of Australia.
Prior to commencing as a Senator for Queensland, Chris was the Queensland Secretary of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association from 1996 to 2014. Prior to this he worked in various roles in the organisation from 1982 onwards. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor in Arts (Economics) from the University of Queensland.
Chris believes that Labor in government has a proud record of looking after the interests of Australian families. It has achieved this over many years by establishing a fair industrial relations system and a fair social welfare safety net, at the same time pursuing policies that lead to job creation and sensible economic growth.
He is a strong supporter of the Australian industrial relations system, which ensures a fair go for workers. The defeat of the appalling Work Choices legislation and the establishment of the Fair Work Act are proud Labor achievements. He believes that Australia’s world-class occupational superannuation system as a crowning achievement of Labor which enhances the capacity of Australian workers to retire with financial security and dignity.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, exercise and reading.