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PLIBERSEK, the Hon. Tanya JoanBiography for PLIBERSEK, the Hon. Tanya Joan

Member for Sydney (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Housing from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.

Minister for the Status of Women from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Human Services from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Social Inclusion from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Health from 14.12.11 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Health and Medical Research from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 31.8.00 to 8.10.01; Education and Training from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Privileges from 16.5.02 to 17.10.07.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 8.12.98 to 10.4.00 and from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Intelligence and Security from 12.12.13 to 26.12.14.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.12.13 to 24.6.15.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Work and Family, Child Care and Youth and Shadow Minister for Women from 26.10.04 to 10.12.06.

Shadow Minister for Community from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05.

Shadow Minister for Human Services, Housing, Youth and Women from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 14.10.13.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 14.10.13.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Education from 23.07.16 to 24.10.17.

Shadow Minister for Women from 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Education and Training from 24.10.17.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Status of Women Committee (NSW) 1994-98.

Member, ALP Economics Committee (NSW) from 1996-98.

Delegate, ALP State Conference 1996-2004.

Member, ALP Rosebery Branch.

Deputy Chair, ALP Caucus Committee on Living Standards and Economic Development.

Member, ALP Caucus Committee on Social Policy.

Member, ALP Caucus Women's Committee.


Born 2.12.1969 at Sydney, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA Comms (Hons) (UTS).

MPol. & PP (Macquarie).

Women's Officer, University of Technology, Sydney.

Domestic Violence Unit, NSW Ministry for the Status of Women.

Electorate officer.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: City of Sydney and inner western suburbs; main suburbs include Camperdown, Darlinghurst (part), Erskineville, Glebe, Haymarket, Newtown, Potts Point, Pyrmont, Rosebery, Surry Hills, The Rocks, Waterloo and Woolloomooloo.

Area: 44 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 110 302 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: commercial, financial, retail, merchandising, service, transport, entertainment and shipping industries.