Greg Smith (New South Wales politician)

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The Honourable
Greg Smith
SC MP
Attorney General of New South Wales
In office
3 April 2011 – 23 April 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Preceded by John Hatzistergos
Succeeded by Brad Hazzard
Minister for Justice
In office
3 April 2011 – 23 April 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Preceded by John Hatzistergos (Justice)
Barbara Perry (Juvenile Justice)
Succeeded by Brad Hazzard
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Epping
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Preceded by Andrew Tink
Majority 25.2% (2011)
Personal details
Born 1947
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Children 5
Residence Epping, New South Wales
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Politician,
Barrister
Religion Roman Catholicism[1][2]
Website Parliamentary webpage

Gregory Eugene Smith SC MP[3] (born 1947), an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Epping for the Liberal Party since 2007.[3] Smith served as the Attorney General of New South Wales and as the Minister for Justice in the O'Farrell government between 2011 and 2014.[4]

Early career and background[edit]

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.

Since 1987, Smith has been a public prosecutor, and he eventually became Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. He has been appointed as a Senior Counsel before the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Smith, a Roman Catholic, was the president of pro–life right to life organisation called Right to Life prior to entering politics.[2]

Political career[edit]

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.[5]

Following the 2011 state election, Smith was appointed Attorney General and Minister for Justice in the O'Farrell–Stoner coalition government.[3]

Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[6] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[4] in April 2014 Smith was dropped from Cabinet.[7][3]

In July 2014, Smith announced that he will retire and not recontest Epping at the 2015 election.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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[9] and the St Thomas More Society.[10]

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[11] and he has also stated that he would have followed singing career had he not been a lawyer.[12]

He is a patron and member of a large number of clubs including Epping RSL sub-branch, a scout group, a swimming club, and a Lions Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greg Smith, Liberal for Epping – About Greg". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Patty, Anna (6 April 2012). "MPs moved by heaven and earth". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Hon. (Greg) Gregory Eugene Smith, SC MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Tatnell, Paul (13 May 2010). "Register puts gays on level with pets and cars, says Lib". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 
  6. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/news/epping-liberal-mp-and-former-attorney-general-greg-smith-will-not-seek-reelection-in-march/story-fngr8gwi-1226990908539?nk=1387f0e34e349328f08d895e0c173f53
  9. ^ Mark, David (15 September 2006). "Goward and Smith wage war over Epping". PM (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Alex (24 September 2006). "Register puts gays on level with pets and cars, says Lib". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). 
  11. ^ Aston, Heath (20 March 2010). "Singing a different tune". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Tim, Shaw (20 March 2011). "Legal Matters" (mp3). Radio 2UE (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Andrew Tink
Member for Epping
2007–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hatzistergos
Attorney General of New South Wales
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Brad Hazzard
Preceded by
Phillip Costa
as Minister for Corrective Services
Minister for Justice
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Brad Hazzard
Preceded by
Barbara Perry
as Minister for Juvenile Justice