Ben Gertz

Benjamin Gertz is a public policy professional with experience working in the public sector and non-government organisations, with a particular knowledge of policy challenges affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and economic issues relating to Regional Australia. He is also currently studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Economics and regional Development, from James Cook University, in Townsville.  

Ben also identifies as a descendant of the Meriam people of the Eastern Torres Strait. He has worked as an advisor to Senator Anthony Chisholm and given his personal connection to and understanding of North Queensland, Ben often advised Senator Chisholm on issues affecting North Queensland. One issue that has often come up in his work is the relationship that North Queensland has with Papua New Guinea, which ranges from the commercial links between centres like Cairns and Townsville and Port Moresby and Lae, to the cultural links between communities in the Torres Strait and PNG's Western Province.