Ray Williams (politician)
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
24 March 2007
|Preceded by||Steven Pringle|
|Born||27 September 1960|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
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
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.
Williams previously was a panel beater and maintenance manager with the Hillsbus company. He was serving as a councillor on Baulkham Hills Shire Council until September 2008. 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.
In 2003, Williams contest the seat of Riverstone, but was unsuccessful. In an internal Liberal Party preselection prior to the 2007 State election, Williams defeated incumbent Steven Pringle. 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. 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.
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.
Since his election to parliament, Williams has been appointed the Deputy Chair of the Liberal Party's Western Sydney Taskforce. In June 2010, Williams was appointed the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney, replacing the retiring Wayne Merton. He won the seat again at the 2011 State election with a swing of 29.7 points, winning 84.7 per cent of the two-party vote.
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- Green, Antony (4 April 2011). "Hawkesbury". NSW Votes 2011 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Preferential Count – Hawkesbury". NSW State Election, 2007. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 15 November 2010.
- "Liberal Ray Williams accused in member scandal – The Daily Telegraph".
- Liberal ejected for stuffed iguana prank, News.com.au 25 June 2008
- MP thrown out for stuffed iguana, SMH, 25 June 2008
- Lizard eats MP: Just another day in 'Iguana Gate', Hawkesbury Gazette, 3 July 2008
- "Ray Williams weighs in Penrith by-election". Penrith City Star (Fairfax Media). 17 May 2010.
- "Ray Williams Appointed To Key Western Sydney Role". Liberal Party of Australia (NSW).
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Hawkesbury