|Member of the Australian Parliament
21 August 2010
|Preceded by||Bob Debus|
|Member of the Australian Parliament
9 October 2004 – 21 August 2010
|Preceded by||Frank Mossfield|
|Succeeded by||Michelle Rowland|
6 September 1958 |
Epping, Sydney, New South Wales Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Children||Joshua and Hannah|
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales|
|Religion||Assemblies of God in Australia|
Louise Elizabeth Markus (born 6 September 1958), Australian federal politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives, initially elected to represent the seat of Greenway in western Sydney for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. Following an unfavourable redistribution in 2010, she moved to the seat of Macquarie.
Early years and background
She was educated at the University of New South Wales, graduating in social work, and was a community worker running the Hillsong Church's drug and alcohol outreach service in Blacktown prior to entering politics.
She is married to Jim Markus, who is from Papua New Guinea; together they have two children.
Subsequent to the 2004 election, unsubstantiated allegations were made in the NSW State Parliament under Parliamentary privilege that Mrs Markus had directly benefited from unauthorised campaign materials containing false statements in an attempt to capture anti-Islamic sentiment against her Labor opponent. These allegations were not supported as the basis for his loss by the Labor Candidate nor supported by contemporary media coverage.
Markus retained the seat of Greenway with a comfortable margin in the 2007 election, although with a nominal swing of 6.85% against her on a two-party preferred basis.
Following the 2007 election, she was made Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, but lost the position in 2010. She was previously the Shadow Minister for Veteran's Affairs.
She lives in Riverstone, outside her electorate of Macquarie. A September 2006 redistribution of boundaries saw massive changes in the shape of her electorate of Greenway being centred on the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains rather than Blacktown. The northward shift in electorate boundaries also saw Greenway change from safe Liberal to safe Labor. A further electoral redistribution in 2009 made the seat of Greenway notionally Labor on an estimated margin of 5.7%.
Markus contested the 2010 federal election as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Macquarie . The 2009 electoral redistribution had dealt a fraction of her former electorate into Macquarie. Markus won the two-party preferred vote by 2.52% against labor, with most support in her traditional base in the urban east of the electorate, and high Greens votes in the smaller upper Blue Mountains booths.
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|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Greenway
|Member for Macquarie