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BIRD, the Hon. Sharon LeahBiography for BIRD, the Hon. Sharon Leah

Member for Cunningham (NSW)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

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


Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 13.3.12.


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills from 5.3.12 to 25.3.13.

Minister for Higher Education and Skills from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Regional Development from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Regional Communications from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Road Safety from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.


Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Education and Vocational Training from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07; Education and Training from 19.2.08 (Chair from 13.3.08) to 19.7.10; Education and Employment from 25.2.14; Transport and Regional Services from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 7.2.07 (Chair from 1.3.07) to 17.10.07; Employment and Workplace Relations from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Procedure from 19.2.08 to 14.3.12; Infrastructure and Communications from 25.10.10 (Chair from 27.10.10) to 14.3.12.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 4.12.13.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 25.10.10 to 14.3.12.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2007.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, August 2008.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-October 2009.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Vocational Education from 18.10.13.


Party Positions

Various ALP local executive branch positions from 1992.

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (NSW) 1998-99.


Personal

Born 15.11.1962, Wollongong, NSW.

Divorced.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Syd), DipEd (Wollongong).

High school teacher 1985-89.

TAFE teacher 1989-95.

Electorate officer to C Hollis, MP 1995-97.

Senior Project Officer, Dept of Juvenile Justice (NSW) 1997-2004.


Local Government Service

Councillor, Shellharbour City Council 1991-95.


Publications

Getting started in business English (with L Runko), Melbourne: Pitman, 1994.


Electorate

Description: provincial.

Location: Wollongong and south coast of New South Wales; it includes the city of Wollongong and the surrounding suburbs of Austinmer, Balgownie, Bellambi, Bulli, Bundeena, Clifton, Coalcliff, Coledale, Coniston, Cordeaux Heights, Corrimal, Darkes Forest, Fairy Meadow, Figtree, Gwynneville, Heathcote, Helensburgh, Keiraville, Maianbar, Mangerton, Mount Keira, Mount Kembla, Mount Ousley, Mount Saint Thomas, Otford, Russell Vale, Scarborough, Stanwell Park, Tarrawanna, Thirroul, Towradgi, Waterfall, Wombarra, Woonona and parts of Unanderra.

Area: 721 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 104 092 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: tourism, tertiary education, steel production, coal mining, brick manufacturing and textiles.

State electorates: Cunningham includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Keira, and parts of Heathcote and Wollongong.