A barrister and son of immigrants has been chosen to fill the Senate vacancy left by the "father of reconciliation" Pat Dodson.
Varun Ghosh joined the Labor party in Perth aged 17 after his parents moved from India in the 1980s and began working as doctors.
He is currently a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers and has worked in commercial and administrative law, as well as industrial relations and employment law.
Mr Ghosh has an honours degree in law and arts from UWA where he also served on the Guild Council as chair and guild secretary. He also has a masters in law from Cambridge University in the UK.
Mr Ghosh said his preselection was a honour he won't take for granted.
"I have had the privilege of a good education and believe strongly that high quality education and training should be available to everyone," he said in a statement.
Yawuru man Senator Dodson recently announced he would retire on January 26, 2024 due to health reasons.
Mr Ghosh's preselection will need to be endorsed by Western Australia's parliament before he can take the federal seat.
Australian Associated Press