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GASH, JoannaBiography for GASH, Joanna

Member for Gilmore (NSW) 1996-2013

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Gilmore, New South Wales, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 23.11.98 to 8.10.01.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 30.5.96 to 31.8.98; Employment, Education and Workplace Relations from 8.12.98 to 31.5.00; Selection from 24.11.98 to 17.10.07; Primary Industries and Rural and Regional Services from 12.12.96 to 31.8.98; Procedure from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Family and Community Affairs from 31.5.00 to 8.10.01; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.3.02 to 2.12.03; Privileges from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Privileges and Members' Interests from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10; Health and Ageing from 4.6.09 to 19.7.10.

House of Representatives Select: Recent Australian Bushfires from 27.3.03 to 5.11.03.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 8.12.98 to 31.8.04; Australian Crime Commission from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07.

Joint Standing: Migration from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04 and from 10.2.10 to 19.7.10; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07 and from 25.10.10.

Joint Select: Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation from 15.9.11 to 7.10.11.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Iran and Jordan, October-November 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Israel, November 2003.

Observer in Jordan for the elections in Iraq, January 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, June-July 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-December 2008.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste and Indonesia, November 2011.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Government Whip from 23.11.01 to 17.10.07.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08 and from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10.

Party Positions

Delegate, Liberal Party State and Federal Electoral Councils.

Member, Liberal Women's Forum.

Other Positions

Former member, Amnesty International Parliamentary Group.


Born 21.7.1944, Groningen, Netherlands.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Tourism and Hospitality Diploma (Institute of Administration, Sydney).

Regional Manager, Tourism Commission of NSW (Outer Sydney Region).

Director, Southern Highlands Tourism Agency.

Consultant, Macarthur Country Tourist Association.

Guest house co-proprietor.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Mayor, City of Shoalhaven from 2013.


Case histories of tourism and hospitality (contribution, ed. J Blackwell and L Shear), Sydney: Australian-International Services, 1989.


Description: rural.

Location: south-eastern New South Wales; it includes the centres of Berry, Bomaderry, Gerringong, Kangaroo Valley, Kiama, Milton, Minnamurra, Nowra, Shellharbour, Shell Cove, Sussex Inlet, Ulladulla and Warilla.

Area: 4878 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 96 317 (at 21.8.10).

Industries: tourism, timber, dairy and beef cattle, paper mill, brickworks, light engineering, dairy products, steel fabrication and fishing.

State electorates: Gilmore includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of South Coast, and parts of Kiama and Shellharbour.