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LEY, the Hon. Sussan PenelopeBiography for LEY, the Hon. Sussan Penelope

Member for Farrer (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Farrer, New South Wales, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family and Community Services (Children and Youth Affairs) from 26.10.04 to 27.1.06.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.

Assistant Minister for Education from 18.9.13 to 23.12.14.

Minister for Health from 23.12.14 to 19.7.16.

Minister for Aged Care from 30.9.15 to 19.7.16.

Minister for Sport from 23.12.14 to 24.1.17. [Stood aside on 9.1.17].

Minister for Health and Aged Care from 19.7.16 to 24.1.17. [Stood aside on 9.1.17].

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Transport and Regional Services from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Family, Community, Housing and Youth from 11.3.08 to 10.11.08; Economics from 10.2.10 to 19.7.10; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 9.2.17 to 7.2.18.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 5.12.02 to 31.8.04; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 25.9.08 to 3.2.10; Australian Crime Commission from 25.9.08 to 3.2.10; Public Accounts and Audit from 3.2.10 to 19.7.10 and from 6.2.18.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 20.3.02 to 5.12.02; National Broadband Network from 22.3.11 to 5.8.13 and from 9.2.17 (Chair from 9.2.17); National Capital and External Territories from 9.2.17; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 6.2.18.

Joint Select: Government Procurement from 9.2.17.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Housing from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for the Status of Women from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09; Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Employment Participation from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13; Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party Tallangatta Branch 1994-2001.

Member, Liberal Party (NSW) from 2001.


Born 14.12.1961, Kano, Nigeria.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (La Trobe), MTax (UNSW), MAcc (Charles Sturt).

Air traffic controller 1983-85.

Commercial pilot 1985-86.

Shearers' cook 1986-88.

Wool and beef farmer 1988-2001.

Director of Technical Training, Australian Taxation Office 1995-2001.


Description: rural.

Location: southern New South Wales; includes the Shires of Albury, Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Greater Hume, Griffith, Hay, Jerilderie, Leeton, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wakool and Wentworth.

Area: 126 590 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 111 388 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: large-scale irrigation areas, dairy production, fat sheep and cattle, orchard and vine crops, apples, rice, wool, timber, wheat and cereals, processing of agricultural products, mining, tourism and agricultural service industries.