Mehreen Faruqi

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Dr Mehreen Faruqi
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Assumed office
19 June 2013
Preceded by Cate Faehrmann
Personal details
Born Lahore, Pakistan
Nationality Australian
Political party Greens New South Wales
Spouse(s) Omar Faruqi
Alma mater University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
University of New South Wales
Occupation Environmental engineer

Mehreen Faruqi is a Pakistani-born Australian politician. She has been a Greens member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 19 June 2013, when she was appointed to the vacancy caused by Cate Faehrmann's resignation to contest the Senate.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Faruqi studied at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan and worked as a consultant in Pakistan before moving to Sydney in 1992. She received a Masters and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales.


Early career[edit]

Before her appointment to the Legislative Council, she was Academic Director of the Master of Business and Technology Program and an Associate Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management for the University of New South Wales.[2]

Political career[edit]

She joined the Greens in 2004 and ran as a candidate for the Legislative Assembly seat of Heffron in 2011 and at the 2012 by-election. She was chosen to replace Faehrmann in 2013, becoming the first Muslim woman to be a member of any Australian parliament.[3]

In parliament, Dr Faruqi has carriage of the following portfolios for The Greens NSW: Animal Welfare, Environment, Healthy Lifestyles, Marine Environment & Fisheries, Multiculturalism, Roads & Ports, Sexuality & Gender Identity, Status of Women, Transport, and Young People.

As a high-profile supporter of women's rights and LGBTI rights, Dr Faruqi is a vocal pro-choice advocate and parliamentary ally of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

In March 2014, Dr Faruqi successfully moved a motion in parliament ordering for all government documents relating to the creation of the business case for the WestConnex motorway. The subsequent release of information uncovered evidence of the NSW government's plans for mass outsourcing of public service work.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Faruqi is Muslim.[3]


External Links[edit]

Official Website