Katrina Hodgkinson

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The Honourable
Katrina Hodgkinson
Katrina Hodgkinson MP 17 Nov 10.jpg
Minister for Primary Industries
Assumed office
3 April 2011
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Mike Baird
Preceded by Steve Whan
Minister for Small Business
In office
3 April 2011 – 23 April 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Preceded by Frank Terenzini
Succeeded by Andrew Stoner
Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Assumed office
23 April 2014
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by new title
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Burrinjuck
Assumed office
27 March 1999
Preceded by Alby Schultz
Personal details
Born Katrina Ann Hodgkinson
(1966-03-10) 10 March 1966 (age 48)
Yass, New South Wales[1]
Political party National Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Jack Saeck[2]
Children Two[3]
Website Parliamentary biography

Katrina Ann Hodgkinson MP (born 10 March 1966 in Yass, New South Wales[1]), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries and the Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events in the Baird government.[4] Hodgkinson is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Burrinjuck for the National Party of Australia since 27 March 1999.


Early years and background[edit]

Hodgkinson was educated at Canberra Girls' Grammar School and Narrabundah College, and Metropolitan Business College of New South Wales. She was a Technical and Further Education instructor from 1989 to 1991, owned a small business from 1989 to 1997 and worked for a property development company between 1996 and 1997. She was an adviser to Senator Nick Minchin, Minister for Industry, Science and Resources from 1997 to 1999.[1][5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 1995 Hodgkinson sought election to the seat of Southern Highlands in a three-cornered-contest. Despite scoring the highest number of primary votes, she was defeated on preferences[3] by the Liberals. In 1999 Alby Schultz, then Member for Burrinjuck, resigned from NSW Parliament and successfully contested the federal seat of Hume. Hodgkinson was elected to NSW Parliament at the subsequent 1999 election.

Between 2003 and 2011 Hodgkinson has held a range of shadow ministerial responsibilities including Fair Trading and Small Business (2003 to 2005), Tourism (2005 to 2007), Major Events (2006 to 2007), Community Services, Families, and Child Safety (2007 to 2008), and Natural Resource Management (2008 to 2011).[6]

Following the 2011 state election, Hodgkinson was appointed on 3 April 2011 as Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Small Business.

In February 2014 Hodgkinson announced that she would seek Nationals preselection to contest the seat of Goulburn at the 2015 state election, held by the Liberals' Pru Goward. Her decision follows a statewide electoral redistribution by the NSW Electoral Commission that resulted in a substantial revision of Hodgkinson's seat of Burrinjuck and the seat renamed as Cootamundra, with effect from the 2015 state election.[7][8] Her announcement resulted in a dispute between the Nationals and Liberals;[9][10] and on 28 February, Hodgkinson announced she would withdraw her nomination for Goulburn. It is expected that Hodgkinson will contest the newly constituted seat of Cootamundra.[11]

Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[12] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[4] in April 2014 in addition to her existing responsibilities as a minister, Hodgkinson was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events; and lost the portfolio of Small Business.[13][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Hodgkinson, Katrina Ann (1966 – )". The Australian Women's Register. 7 February 2006. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Inaugural Speech: Ms Katrina Hodgkinson". Hansard: Legislative Assembly. Parliament of New South Wales. 2 June 1999. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Mills, Lee (14 May 2010). "My take on our Member, Katrina Hodgkinson". Yass Tribune. Retrieved 28 December 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. ^ "Katrina Hodgkinson". The Nationals. Archived from the original on 2006-08-21. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  6. ^ a b "Ms Katrina Ann Hodgkinson, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Nicholls, Sean (19 February 2014). "Katrina Hodgkinson to take on Pru Goward for Goulburn seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Katrina Hodgkinson to challenge Pru Goward in preselection fight to win NSW seat of Goulburn". ABC News (Australia). 19 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Nicholls, Sean (28 February 2014). "Pru Goward, Katrina Hodgkinson dispute over Goulburn unresolved". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "National Katrina Hodgkinson to contest Liberal Pru Goward’s seat of Goulburn". The Australian. AAP. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Nicholls, Sean (28 February 2014). "Katrina Hodgkinson to withdraw from Goulburn poll fight against Pru Goward". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Alby Schultz
Member for Burrinjuck
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Whan
Minister for Primary Industries
Preceded by
Frank Terenzini
Minister for Small Business
Succeeded by
Andrew Stoner
Preceded by
New title
Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events