Chloë Fox

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Chloë Catienne Fox (born 22 February 1971) is an Australian politician who represented the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Bright from 2006 to 2014 for the Australian Labor Party.

Personal life[edit]

Chloë Fox is the daughter of Australian children's author, Mem Fox and teacher Malcolm Fox.[1] Fox attended Blackwood High School in Adelaide's south and attended the University of Adelaide and the City University, London.[2]

She was engaged to fellow politician Leon Bignell from March 2006 to March 2007 until the wedding was called off.[3][4]

In late 2009, Fox announced she was pregnant, with the birth due in March 2010, around the time of the 2010 state election. The father's identity has been kept confidential by Ms Fox following the breakdown of their longtime relationship.[5] Her son, Theo, was born two months premature in January 2010.[6]

Career[edit]

Chloë Fox worked as a journalist at the Adelaide Advertiser for three and a half years, traveled to France, where she worked for Elle Online and UNESCO, before returning to Adelaide, where she undertook a Grad. dip in Education, and then worked as a high school teacher of English, French and History at Loreto College, Marryatville.[3][7]

Fox was involved in politics from a young age, handing out Labor how-to-vote cards at the age of 14.[7]

At the 2004 federal election, she stood against member Andrew Southcott in the safe Liberal seat of Boothby and achieved a 9.9 percent primary and 2 percent two-party swing. She subsequently ran in the marginal Liberal seat of Bright at the 2006 South Australian state election against shadow minister Angus Redford, who was attempting to switch from the Legislative Council to the House of Assembly. She was tipped to face a difficult battle, but won in a landslide, having achieved a 16.9 percent primary and 14.4 percent two-party swing.

In March 2009 Fox became Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier during a ministerial reshuffle in the Rann government.[8]

In April 2010, Fox was appointed Deputy Speaker and the Chairman of Committees in the House of Assembly.[9] In 2011 she was named as the SA Transport Services Minister.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grattan, Michelle (18 June 2004). "New ALP candidate has literary pedigree". The Age. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.sa.alp.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&itemid=36
  3. ^ a b "Chloe Fox finds a new prince". The Advertiser. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Trackside at the Cup: Russian to conclusions?". The Advertiser. 13 March 2007. 
  5. ^ Tory Shepherd (16 October 2009). "MP upbeat about pregnancy". The Advertiser. 
  6. ^ Deborah Bogle (29 March 2010). "Grandma Mem bathes in Bright new chapter". AdelaideNow (News Limited). 
  7. ^ a b Chloë Fox official website
  8. ^ Chloë Fox, Member for Bright: ALP website
  9. ^ "Breuer and Fox to keep MPs in line". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 

External links[edit]

South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Wayne Matthew
Member for Bright
2006–2014
Succeeded by
David Speirs