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GRIERSON, Sharon JoyBiography for GRIERSON, Sharon Joy

Member for Newcastle (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Newcastle, New South Wales, 2001. Re-elected 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 27.2.12 to 5.8.13

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 20.3.2002 to 19.7.2010 (Chair from 12.3.2008 to 19.7.2010); Corporations and Financial Services from 18.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Australian Crime Commission from 25.10.2010 to 25.11.2010; Law Enforcement from 25.11.2010 to 5.8.2013.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Treaties from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013.

House of Representatives Standing: Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Science and Innovation from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; House from 19.2.2008 to 11.3.2008; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa, December 2002

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland and Singapore, October 2005

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia and Japan, April 2006

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2007

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore and Indonesia, October-November 2008

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, April 2009

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, November 2009

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ireland and Italy, June-July 2010


Born 4.5.1951, Newcastle, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Teaching Certificate (Newcastle Teachers College)


School principal

Director, Tinonee Gardens Multicultural Village

Community Director, Honeysuckle Development Corporation Board


Description: Provincial

Location: northern and central Newcastle; it includes the suburbs of Adamstown, Birmingham Gardens, Broadmeadow, Carrington, Cooks Hill, Hamilton, Heatherbrae, Islington, Mayfield, Merewether, Newcastle, New Lambton, Sandgate, Shortland, Stockton, The Junction, Tighes Hill, Waratah, Wickham, Williamtown and parts of Adamstown Heights, Lambton, Jesmond, Kotara, Salt Ash, Thornton and Wallsend.

Area: 354 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 92896 (at 21.8.2010)

Industries: shipbuilding and repairs, transport equipment, tourism, tertiary education, food processing, railway goods, chemicals, heavy engineering, stevedoring and port facilities.

Electorate: Newcastle includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Newcastle, and parts of Cessnock, Charlestown, Maitland, Port Stephens and Wallsend.