Barbara Perry

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The Honourable
Barbara Perry
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Auburn
Assumed office
8 September 2001
Preceded by Peter Nagle
Personal details
Born Barbara Mazzel Anne Abood
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Michael Perry
Children 5 (m)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Lawyer
Website Parliamentary webpage

Barbara Mazzel Anne Perry MP, (born 9 May), an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Auburn for the Australian Labor Party since 2001. Perry is the Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, and Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Perry was the first woman of Lebanese origin to be elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Early years and background[edit]

One of five children, Perry is the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Ralph and Susan Abood, and is married to Michael Perry with five sons. She was educated by the Sisters of Charity and the Marist Brothers before graduating in law from the University of Sydney, commencing work with the Legal Aid Commission in 1990.[1]

Political career[edit]

Perry was elected in a by-election on 8 September 2001 following the resignation of Labor Member Peter Nagle and re-elected at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 state elections.[2]

Following the 2007 state election, Perry was appointed Minister for Juvenile Justice, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship in the second Iemma ministry, serving until December 2008. In December 2009, Perry was appointed to the Keneally ministry as Minister for Local Government and Minister Assisting the Minister for Mental Health, taking on the additional responsibilities of Minister for Juvenile Justice in June 2010.[3] Perry retained these portfolios until the 2011 state election when Labor was defeated at the polls. Subsequently, Perry was appointed Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Shadow Minister for Ageing and Disability Services.[2]


  1. ^ "Perry, Barbara Mazzel Anne". Australian Women. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Mrs Barbara Mazzel Perry, BA, LLB MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Robins, Brian (4 June 2010). "Another Keneally minister quits". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Peter Nagle
Member for Auburn
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Lynch
Minister for Local Government
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Don Page