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ELLIOT, the Hon. Maria Justine (Justine)Biography for ELLIOT, the Hon. Maria Justine (Justine)

Member for Richmond (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

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

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Ageing from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade from 14.9.10 to 4.2.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Health and Ageing from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07; Regional Australia from 6.2.13 to 9.5.16; Publications from 14.5.13 to 9.5.16; Petitions from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16 (Deputy Chair from 11.12.13 to 9.5.16) and from 15.9.16.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 6.2.13 to 14.5.13; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 15.9.16.

Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement from 5.12.13 to 16.7.14; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 16.7.14 to 9.5.16.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1995.

President, ALP Tweed Coast Branch 2003-04.


Born 29.7.1967, Brisbane, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Qld), GradDip in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (Griffith).

Police officer 1990-97.

Juvenile Justice Conference Convener, NSW Dept of Juvenile Justice 2002-03.


Description: rural.

Location: New South Wales north coast; it includes the towns of Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Kingscliff, Lennox Head, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, Nimbin, Ocean Shores, Pottsville, Suffolk Park and Tweed Heads.

Area: 2 148 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 112 715 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: Tourism, commercial fishing, agriculture including dairy, beef cattle, tropical fruits, sugarcane, coffee and macadamia nuts, sugar processing, timber, light engineering, boat building and cottage industries.

State electorates: Richmond includes the New South Wales Assembly electorate of Tweed, and parts of Ballina and Lismore.