|Member of the Australian Parliament
3 March 1996 – 17 October 2007
|Preceded by||Ross Free|
|Succeeded by||David Bradbury|
18 February 1964 |
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
Jacqueline Marie (Jackie) Kelly (born 18 February 1964), former Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 until November 2007, representing the Division of Lindsay, New South Wales.
Kelly was born in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, and attended the Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, in North Sydney. She obtained a law degree from the University of Queensland, where she also attained a 'full blue' for rowing, and later represented Australia in the sport. She was a probation and parole officer, and a legal officer with the rank of Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force, before entering politics.
In 1996, Kelly was elected twice to the seat of Lindsay, based around the suburb of Penrith on the western fringe of Sydney. The first time was at the general election on 2 March 1996; however she was later disqualified because of her RAAF employment, and not having taken steps to renounce her New Zealand citizenship. After addressing these issues, she was re-elected at a by-election on 19 October 1996 with an increased majority.
Kelly married Gary Clark, a local orthodontist, on 5 December 1998. She was Minister for Sport and Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games from 1998 to 2001, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 2001 to 2004.
While the first sitting Australian federal parliamentarian to give birth to a child was Ros Kelly in 1983, in 2000 Jackie Kelly became the first serving Australian federal minister to give birth to a child (a daughter named Dominique).
In 2006, Kelly was paired with Pavel Aubrecht when she competed on Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice and was eliminated third.
In May 2007, she announced her intention to retire from federal politics at the 2007 election.
On 21 November 2007, three days before the federal election, Kelly's husband Gary Clark was caught with four other people in the electorate of Lindsay handing out fake pamphlets purporting to be from an Islamic group (which did not exist), and thanking the Labor Party for supporting terrorists.
Three Liberal Party members (including Gary Clark and the husband of the Liberal candidate for Lindsay Greg Chijoff) were forced to leave the party. Kelly denied any knowledge of the pamphlets prior to their distribution, stating "I think it's basically a Chaser-style prank".
|Minister for Sport and Tourism
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Lindsay