Greg Smith (New South Wales politician)
|Attorney General of New South Wales|
3 April 2011
|Preceded by||John Hatzistergos|
|Minister for Justice|
3 April 2011
|Preceded by||John Hatzistergos (Justice)
Barbara Perry (Juvenile Justice)
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
24 March 2007
|Preceded by||Andrew Tink|
|Majority||25.2 percentage points (2011)|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Residence||Epping, New South Wales|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
Gregory Eugene Smith SC MP (born 1947), an Australian politician, is the Attorney General of New South Wales and the Minister for Justice in the O'Farrell-Stoner Liberal/National coalitition government since 2011. Smith is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Epping for the Liberal Party since 2007.
Early career and background
Born to parents Ted and Noreen, Smith grew up in the Sydney suburbs of Strathfield, Beverley Hills, Coogee, and Maroubra and the regional town of Goulburn. He was educated at St. Joseph's Primary School, Goulburn and Marcellin College, Randwick and graduated from the University of Sydney Law School with a Bachelor of Laws.
In 2006, Smith received Liberal Party preselection over Pru Goward for the seat of Epping to replace retiring Liberal MP, Andrew Tink. Smith was elected as the Member for Epping at the 2007 state election.
Smith voiced his opposition to a relationships register, passed by the NSW parliament in May, 2010. The register gave recognition to unmarried couples, opposite-sex and same-sex couples. Smith said: "The passing of this bill will be another increment in the undermining and destruction of marriage and the traditional family." NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos said that Smith had previously objected to putting same-sex couples on the same level as heterosexual couples.
Smith has been married for over 35 years and is the father of five children. Consistent with his Roman Catholic faith, he is a former President of the New South Wales Right to Life Association and the St Thomas More Society.
Smith is a keen cricket and Rugby League fan and has supported Western Suburbs Magpies (now the Wests Tigers) and the Eastwood Rugby Union Club. Smith is also a lead singer of a band called The Tokens and he has also stated that he would have followed singing career had he not been a lawyer.
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- "The Hon. (Greg) Gregory Eugene Smith, SC MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
- Tatnell, Paul (13 May 2010). "Register puts gays on level with pets and cars, says Lib". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media).
- Mark, David (15 September 2006). "Goward and Smith wage war over Epping". PM (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- Mitchell, Alex (24 September 2006). "Register puts gays on level with pets and cars, says Lib". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media).
- Aston, Heath (20 March 2010). "Singing a different tune". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 7 May 2011.
- Tim, Shaw (20 March 2011). "Legal Matters" (mp3). Radio 2UE (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 7 May 2011.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Epping
2007 – present
|Attorney General of New South Wales
2011 – present
as Minister for Corrective Services
|Minister for Justice
2011 – present
as Minister for Juvenile Justice