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SAFFIN, Janelle AnneBiography for SAFFIN, Janelle Anne

Member for Page (NSW) 2007-13

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council 25.3.1995 to 28.2.2003.

Federal: elected to the House of Representatives for Page, New South Wales, 2007 and 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 5.8.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: House from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Petitions from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Selection from 30.9.10 to 14.5.13; Appropriations and Administration from 13.2.13 to 5.8.13; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 14.5.13 to 5.8.13.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.10 (Chair from 28.10.10) to 5.8.13.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.2.08 (Chair, Trade Sub-Committee from 12.3.08) to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.12 to 5.8.13.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan, January 2012.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, March 2012.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Government Whip from 27.11.12 to 13.5.13.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1982.

Secretary and President, ALP Lismore Branch.

Secretary and President, ALP Lismore State Electorate Council.

Secretary and President, ALP Richmond Federal Electorate Council.

Delegate, ALP State and Federal Electorate Councils.

Delegate, ALP Country, State and National Conferences.

Vice-President, NSW Parliamentary Country Labor.

Member, Country Labor Advocacy Committee.


Born 1.11.1954, Ipswich, Queensland.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BLegS (Macq), DipT (Northern Rivers CAE).

Community consultant and advocate 1990-95.

Solicitor 1993-94.

Member, NSW Legislative Council (see Parliamentary service above) 1995-2003.

Senior Political Adviser to HE Dr Jose Ramos-Horta 2004-07.


Description: rural.

Location: New South Wales north coast; it includes the centres of Alstonville, Ballina, Casino, Evans Head, Grafton, Iluka, Kyogle, Lismore and Yamba.

Area: 16 143 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 94 360 (at 21.8.10).

Industries: dairy and beef cattle, pigs, maize, tropical fruit, sugar cane, fishing, prawning, oysters, butter and dairy factories, timber mills, several abattoirs and tourism.

State electorates: Page includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Ballina, Clarence and Lismore.