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FARUQI, Dr Mehreen SaeedBiography for FARUQI, Dr Mehreen Saeed

Senator for New South Wales

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

State: Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for The Greens (NSW) from 2013 to 2018.

Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 15.8.2018 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice L Rhiannon (resigned). Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2019.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 2.7.2019 to 26.7.2022.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 13.9.2018 to 13.2.2019.

Senate Select: Job Security from 10.12.2020 to 30.3.2022.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and Employment: Legislation from 21.8.2018; Education and Employment: References from 21.8.2018; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 29.7.2019 to 27.11.2019 (Substitute member from 29.7.2019 to 27.11.2019).

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 13.9.2018 to 11.4.2019; National Capital and External Territories from 13.9.2018 to 3.4.2019; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 22.7.2019.

Joint Select: Parliamentary Standards from 29.3.2022.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Spokesperson for Education, Local Government, Housing, Industry, Animal Welfare, Gun Control, International Development and Employment and Workplace Relations (Senate) from 15.8.2018 to 9.9.2020.

Australian Greens Spokesperson for Education, Housing, Industry, Anti-racism, Animal Welfare, International Aid and Development, and Employment and Workplace Relations (Senate) from 9.9.2020 to 17.6.2022.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Greens from 10.6.2022.

Australian Greens Spokesperson for Education, Anti-Racism, International Aid, Global Justice and Animal Welfare from 17.6.2022.

Party Positions

Convenor of the Greens Women's Group (NSW) from 2011 to 2013.

Candidate for the Greens in Heffron (NSW), 2012.


Born 8.7.1963, Pakistan


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEng(Civil)(Hons) (University of Engineering and Technology (Pakistan)).

DEnvEng (University of New South Wales).

MESc (University of New South Wales).

Research Fellow and Research Assistant at the University of New South Wales from January 1993 to February 1999.

Environmental Engineer at Sinclair Knight Merz from March 1999 to June 2001.

Manager for Natural Resources and Environmental Engineer at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (NSW) from August 2001 to August 2004.

Director and Lecturer, Institute of Environmental Studies (UNSW) from August 2004 to April 2008.

Manager of Environment and Services at Mosman Council (NSW) from January 2009 to August 2010.

Associate Professor and Academic Director MBT of the Australian School of Management at the University of New South Wales from September 2010 to June 2013.

State/Territory Government Service

Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for The Greens (NSW) from 2013 to 2018.


UNSW Faculty of Engineering Award for Leadership, 2013.

No. 5 in Fairfax Daily Media Life's list of top 20 women, 2013.

Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia, 2015.

Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, 2017.

Grand Stirrer at the 20th Edna Ryan Awards for the #End12 abortion decriminalisation campaign, 2017.


M Faruqi and R Ryan, Transforming watercycle management: a case study in the mid-north coast of NSW, Ozwater, Sydney, 2007.

R Harding, CM Hendriks and M Faruqi, Environmental Decision-Making - Exploring complexity and context, Federation Press, Sydney, 2009.

Achieving systematic change for sustainability through enabling effective Community Education and Engagement, NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, NSW, 2009.

M Faruqi, Embracing complexity to enable change, in D Rigling Gallagher, N Christiansen and P Andrews [eds], Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook, volume 2, pp. 772-781, Sage, Thousand Oaks, California, USA, 2012.