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

Member for Hughes (NSW) 1996-2010

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Hughes, New South Wales, 1996, 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 26.11.01 to 26.10.04.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 26.11.01 to 7.10.03.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Family and Community Affairs from 29.5.96 to 27.11.97; Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 9.10.96 to 17.10.96; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 29.9.97 to 8.10.01; Environment and Heritage from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Library from 29.3.01 to 8.10.01; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07 and from 10.11.08 to 19.7.10; Science and Innovation from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07.

Joint Standing: Migration from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10.

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; Papua New Guinea, October-November 2002; East Timor, November 2002; Belgium, France and UK, April-May 2003; Korea and Vietnam, July-August 2003; 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 at Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (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 (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 91 154 (at 24.11.07).

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

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