Ray Williams (politician)

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Ray Williams
MP
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Hawkesbury
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Preceded by Steven Pringle
Majority 34.7%
Personal details
Born (1960-09-27) 27 September 1960 (age 54)
Nationality  Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Wendy Williams
Children Kylie (f), Ryan (m)

Raymond Craig "Ray" Williams, MP (born 27 September 1960), an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Hawkesbury for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2007.

Early life and background[edit]

Williams is the son of a former heavyweight boxing champion of Australia and the South Pacific, Allen Williams and Margaret Williams, the daughter of English migrants from Cornwall. His family was involved in the training of horses, and Williams followed in the family footsteps and trained horses for more than 30 years. From 1985, he worked for Glenorie Bus Company at Dural.[1]

Williams previously was a panel beater and maintenance manager with the Hillsbus company.[2] He was serving as a councillor on Baulkham Hills Shire Council[3][4] until September 2008.[5] He was a former President of the Kellyville Rouse Hill Progress Association. Williams led a campaign of roadside protests to highlight the need for the upgrade of Windsor Road.[6]

Political career[edit]

In 2003, Williams contest the seat of Riverstone, but was unsuccessful.[6] In an internal Liberal Party preselection prior to the 2007 State election, Williams defeated incumbent Steven Pringle.[4] As a result, Pringle decided to run for the seat as an independent candidate. Williams proceeded to win the seat in the 2007 State Election with a 6.07% majority.[7] In 2007, Williams was accused of branch stacking after a local pastor stated in a statutory declaration that Williams paid him party membership fees for churchgoers. This claim was denied by Williams, and has not been substantiated.[8]

In 2008, Ray Williams was ejected from state parliament by the Independent speaker Richard Torbay for pretending to wrestle a toy iguana, in reference to the Belinda Neal - John Della Bosca scandal known as Iguanagate.[9][10][11]

Since his election to parliament, Williams has been appointed the Deputy Chair of the Liberal Party's Western Sydney Taskforce.[12] In June 2010, Williams was appointed the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney, replacing the retiring Wayne Merton.[13] He won the seat again at the 2011 State election with a swing of 29.7 per cent, winning 84.7 per cent of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.[6]

References[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Steven Pringle
Member for Hawkesbury
2007–present
Incumbent