Annette Ellis

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Annette Ellis
MP
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Namadgi
In office
2 March 1996 – 3 October 1998
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Canberra
In office
3 October 1998 – 19 July 2010
Preceded by Bob McMullan
Succeeded by Gai Brodtmann
Personal details
Born (1946-10-13) 13 October 1946 (age 68)
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor
Occupation Public servant

Annette Louise Ellis (born 13 October 1946), Australian politician, was a Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 to August 2010, representing the Division of Namadgi (Australian Capital Territory) 1996–98 and the Division of Canberra (ACT) from 1998 to 2010.

In the 1996 federal election she contested the newly created seat of Namadgi against the Liberal Member for Canberra, Brendan Smyth. Notionally, the seat was very safe for Labor; as originally drawn it had a notional Labor majority of 10.9 percent. However, due to the heavy swing nationwide against the Keating government, Ellis was only assured of victory when she received a large flow of Green preferences on the third count.[1] Ellis become one of the few Labor candidates to defeat a Liberal during the landslide election that brought the Howard government to power. Namadgi was abolished after only one cycle, and Ellis transferred to Canberra, holding it with little difficulty.

Ellis was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was a public servant, electorate adviser and ministerial adviser before entering politics. She was a member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly from 1992 to 1995.[2]

In Federal Parliament Ellis was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry between 2001 and 2004. She served as Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors and Shadow Minister for Disabilities until the 2004 election, after which she retired from the shadow ministry.[2]

She was re-elected in November 2007—with an increased majority—in the election that returned Labor to power federally under new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

She is a leading member of the ACT right wing Labor caucus, Centre Coalition.

Ellis did not recontest her seat of Canberra at the 2010 federal election.[3]

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Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Namadgi
1996–1998
Division abolished
Preceded by
Bob McMullan
Member for Canberra
1998–2010
Succeeded by
Gai Brodtmann