Inga Peulich

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Inga Peulich
MLC
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Bentleigh
In office
1992–2002
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 November 2006
Personal details
Born (1956-10-15) 15 October 1956 (age 58)
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Religion Roman Catholicism

Inga Peulich (born 15 October 1956) is an Australian politician. She is of Bosnian heritage, being born Inga Dosen in Bosnia and Herzegovina and migrated to Australia in 1967 with her family.

Biography[edit]

Peulich has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Education. Before election as the State Liberal Member for Bentleigh in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Peulich taught VCE English and Psychology and was English Faculty Head in a large government school in the South East Region. She also has extensive experience in small business and continues today through her involvement in an engineering business in the region.

Political career[edit]

In 1989, Inga Peulich joined the Moorabbin Branch of the Liberal Party and a year later was elected to the Moorabbin City Council. She was a Liberal member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1992 to 2002, representing the electorate of Bentleigh. One of many members elected in Jeff Kennett's landslide win at the 1992 election, Peulich was a prominent backbencher before being losing her seat at the 2002 election.

After losing her seat, she became involved in the party's administrative wing, and rose to become state vice-president.[citation needed] She returned to parliament at the 2006 election, being elected to the Legislative Council as one of the members for South Eastern Metropolitan Region after defeating incumbent member Chris Strong for a winnable position on the Liberal ticket.

In March 2014, Inga Peulich was promoted to the Victorian Government Cabinet Secretary by Premier Dr. Denis Napthine. [1]

Controversy[edit]

In 2007 Inga Peulich employed race blogger Gary Anderton. Gary Anderton published material maligning Aboriginals and his Indian doctor on his blog in 2004. He ran as the candidate for Lyndhurst at the 2006 state election.[2]

In 2007 Inga Peulich was accused of being a key supporter of Ken Aldred's campaign for the seat of Holt. In 1995, Mr Aldred tabled documents in parliament linking Mr Mark Leibler, National Chairman of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council to an alleged money laundering scam run by the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad. The so-called Suriname papers were later exposed as fakes. When told Aldred had won the Holt ballot, Liebler telephoned Treasurer Peter Costello and the Prime Minister's office to demand the result be overturned. Aldred lost selection.[3][4]

In 2011 Inga Peulich was embroiled in controversy over her involvement in Business First after, The Age revealed the club had breached federal electoral laws by failing to declare tens of thousands of dollars in donations before last year's state election.[5]

In November 2012 Inga Peulich accused Liberal member Geoff Gledhill and conservative fellow traveller Tamsin Bearsley of party disloyalty for failing to vote for her son in his mayoral bid.[6]

In January 2013 a number of articles were ran in the Age newspaper accusing Inga Peulich of intervened directly on behalf of her son in his mayoral bid. With Veteran Kingston councillor and one-time Peulich ally John Ronke said the lobbying by Ms Peulich and her son bordered on harassment. [7]

Personal life[edit]

Peulich is married to small business owner Savo Peulich. Inga and Savo have a son named Paul. Peulich's husband Savo, son Paul and mother Nena Dosen all ran as candidates for the 2003 Glen Eira City Council Elections. Savo ran for Jasper Ward, whereas Paul and Nena ran for Mackie Ward. In 2008 Peulich's son Paul was elected to the Kingston City Council.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parliament of Victoria - Members Information - Inga Peulich (South-Eastern Metropolitan)". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  2. ^ "No Cookies | Herald Sun". heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Stateline Victoria". abc.net.au. 2007-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Cookies must be enabled. | The Australian". theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Business First held fund-raiser at Parliament". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Meddling MP fuels Liberal row". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Empress of the south-east". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Kingston City Council, Melbourne, Australia - North Ward: Cr Paul Peulich". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 

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