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OWENS, Julie AnnBiography for OWENS, Julie Ann

Member for Parramatta (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Parramatta, New South Wales, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 24.5.2012 to 5.8.2013.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 18.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Corporations and Financial Services from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016.

House of Representatives Standing: Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Economics from 19.2.2008 to 27.6.2013; Procedure from 19.2.2008 to 5.8.2013; Publications from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Appropriations and Administration from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Education and Employment from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Tax and Revenue from 15.9.2016 (Deputy Chair from 25.7.2019); Appropriations and Administration from 15.9.2016 (Deputy Chair from 22.7.2019).

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education from 18.10.2013 to 13.10.2015.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education from 13.10.2015 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Small Business from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.


Born 17.10.1958, Rockhampton, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

MBA (University of Sydney).

BA (Queensland Conservatorium of Music).

Production Manager, Lyric Opera of Queensland 1985-89.

Senior Program Officer, Australia Council 1989-93.

Small business owner 1994-2000.

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Record Labels 2000-04.


Name: Parramatta

Location: Parramatta covers an area from Carlingford (part) and Rydalmere in the east to Toongabbie and South Wentworthville in the west. The main suburbs include Carlingford (part), Constitution Hill, Dundas, Granville, Harris Park, Holroyd, Merrylands, Mays Hill, Oatlands, Old Toongabbie, Parramatta, Pendle Hill, Rosehill, Rydalmere, Telopea, Toongabbie, South Wentworthville, Wentworthville and Westmead.

Area: 57 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 103,122 (at 11.6.2019)

Industries: Retail, financial services, transport industry, building materials, major industry, tourism and higher education with the Western Sydney University's Parramatta campus.