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VALE, the Hon. Danna SueBiography for VALE, the Hon. Danna Sue

Member for Hughes (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Hughes, New South Wales, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Retired prior to general elections 2010.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 19.7.10

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 26.11.2001 to 26.10.2004.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 26.11.2001 to 7.10.2003.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Migration from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010.

House of Representatives Standing: Family and Community Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 27.11.1997; Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 9.10.1996 to 17.10.1996; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 29.9.1997 to 8.10.2001; Environment and Heritage from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Library from 29.3.2001 to 8.10.2001; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Science and Innovation from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 10.11.2008 to 19.7.2010.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Bilateral visits to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, July 1999

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Timor, November 1999

Official visits to Singapore and Malaysia, February 2002

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, October-November 2002

Official visits to East Timor, November 2002

Official visits to Belgium, France and UK, April-May 2003

Official visits to Korea and Vietnam, July-August 2003

Official visits to UK and France, November 2003

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 51st CPA Conference, Fiji Islands, September 2005

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, August 2006

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 118th IPU Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, and bilateral visit to Jordan, April 2008

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Austria, Serbia and Switzerland, October 2008

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party from 1993

President, Liberal Party Gymea Branch 1994-95

Delegate, Cook and Miranda Federal Electoral Councils 1994-95

Delegate, Liberal Party State Council (NSW) 1994-95


Born 14.11.1944, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Syd)

LL.B (Syd)

Full-time wife and mother 1965-88

Student 1984-88

Solicitor 1988-96


Description: Outer Metropolitan

Location: southern outskirts of Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Bonnet Bay, Chipping Norton, Engadine, Hammondville, Heathcote, Holsworthy, Illawong, Jannali, Loftus, Lucas Heights, Menai, Moorebank, Warwick Farm, Wattle Grove, Woronora and parts of Como, Jannali, Liverpool, Sutherland and Waterfall.

Area: 265 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 91154 (at 24.11.2007)

Industries: Lucas Heights Research Laboratories, army base at Holsworthy.

Electorate: Hughes includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Menai, and parts of Heathcote, Liverpool and Miranda.