Victor Dominello

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The Honourable
Victor Dominello
MP
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Ryde
Incumbent
Assumed office
28 October 2008
Preceded by John Watkins
Majority 25.7%
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 April 2011
Premier Barry O'Farrell; Mike Baird
Preceded by Paul Lynch
Minister for Citizenship and Communities
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 April 2011
Premier Barry O'Farrell; Mike Baird
Preceded by Linda Burney
Minister for Veterans Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 April 2014
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by new title
Assistant Minister for Education
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 April 2014
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by vacant
Personal details
Born (1967-07-30) 30 July 1967 (age 47)
Ryde, New South Wales
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Residence Meadowbank, New South Wales
Profession Solicitor
Website Parliamentary webpage

Victor Michael Dominello MP (born 30 July 1967 in Ryde, New South Wales), an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Ryde for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2008. Dominello is the Minister for Citizenship, Communities and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs since 2011, and the Minister for Veterans Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education since 2014, in the Baird government.[1][2]

After a career as a solicitor and Local Councillor, Dominello was elected to the Parliament of New South Wales following a Ryde by-election triggered by the resignation of his predecessor John Watkins. The by-election saw Dominello receive one of the largest recorded two-party swings in Australian political history at 23.1 percent.[3] Dominello increased his margin at the 2011 election.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Victor Dominello was born at Ryde Hospital and was educated at Holy Spirit School, North Ryde, and Marist College Eastwood. Victor Dominello then went on to study law through the Solicitors Admissions Board.[citation needed]

In 1991, Victor Dominello was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia after taking the Solicitor's Admission Board Examinations. In one of his first cases, Victor Dominello represented applicants in the Maralinga cases, who sought compensation following the findings made by the Royal Commission into British nuclear tests in Australia. Victor Dominello successfully obtained an order that the limitation period be significantly extended to enable the applicants' claims to be maintained.[5]

In 1994, Victor Dominello commenced his employment with Etheringtons Solicitors of North Sydney, and in 2000, became a Partner. In 2000, Victor Dominello also represented applicants in complex proceedings in the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales, where staff members sought damages against members of Parliament and the Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for unfair contract.[6] Following his election to the Parliament of New South Wales in October 2008, Dominello stepped down as partner at Etheringtons.

Political career[edit]

Local government[edit]

He joined the Liberal Party in the early 1990s, and in 1995 Dominello was elected as a Councillor for the City of Ryde. While on Council, Dominello was chair of a number of committees including the development committee and had a significant involvement in the establishment of the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre and the development of the Macquarie Business Park. Dominello served two terms, but did not nominate for the 2004 local government elections, citing his desire to concentrate on his legal career, and subsequently let his Liberal membership lapse.[7]

New South Wales politics[edit]

NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell celebrates the 2008 Ryde by-election win with Victor Dominello and NSW Deputy Opposition Leader Jillian Skinner.
Victor Dominello posing with Andrew Stoner, NSW Leader of The Nationals, Barry O'Farrell, NSW Opposition Leader and Gladys Berejiklian, Shadow Minister for Transport.

On 3 September 2008, Labor Deputy Premier John Watkins, who was also the local Member for Ryde, resigned from parliament, resulting in the need for a by-election. Dominello nominated for preselection and won, defeating Ryde Mayor Vic Tagg and several other local party members. Although Ryde was on paper a safe Labor seat with a majority of 10 percent, it was located in territory that had historically been marginal at the federal level. Additionally, the by-election came at a very bad time for the government, whose polling numbers had rapidly tailed off only a year after being re-elected. Dominello went into the contest as the overwhelming favourite to win. He duly defeated Labor candidate Nicole Campbell in a landslide, receiving a swing of more than 25 points on the day of the by-election. The swing, at the time the largest a sitting NSW government had ever suffered, turned Ryde into a safe Liberal seat in one stroke. He was subsequently sworn as a member of the Legislative Assembly in on 25 October 2008.[3][8]

Dominello was sworn in as a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 28 October 2008. Since then, he has spoken in Parliament about a number of local issues including the future of Ryde Hospital,[9] the Homebush V8 Supercar race[10][11] and the increase to the Parking Space Levy.[12]

Dominello employed his legal expertise in the examination of the Government's covert search powers bill and discovered an omission in a section of the bill relating to the definition of serious offences.[13] As a result, the Opposition was able to have the bill amended in the Legislative Council to reflect the discovery.

Dominello won the seat in his own right at the 2011 state election, picking up a healthy swing of 12.7 percent and increasing his majority to 75 percent, making Ryde the 10th safest Liberal seat. Following the electoral victory of the O'Farrell government at that election, Dominello was appointed as the Minister for Citizenship, Communities and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.[14]

Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[15] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[1] in April 2014 in addition to his existing responsibilities as a minister, Dominello was appointed as the Minister for Veterans Affairs and the Assistant Minister for Education.[16][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b "The Hon. Victor Michael DOMINELLO, MP". Current members of parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "2008 Ryde by-election". ABC Elections (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Ryde". NSW Votes 2011 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Maureen Mary Southworth v Commonwealth of Australia 1992 FCA 153 (9 April 1992)". 
  6. ^ "Frost v The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales 2000 NSWIRComm 70". 
  7. ^ Chang, Charis (1 October 2008). "Liberal back on the radar". Northern District Times. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Labor beating lawyer Victor Dominello for Ryde". Crikey. 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ryde Hospital". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 12 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Homebush Motor Racing (Sydney 400) Bill 2008". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 3 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "Homebush Motor Racing (Sydney 400) Bill 2008". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 3 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "Parking Space Levy Bill 2009". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 24 March 2009. 
  13. ^ "Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment (Search Powers) Bill 2009". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 11 March 2008. 
  14. ^ "New faces in Barry O'Farrell's Cabinet". The Australian. AAP. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
John Watkins
Member for Ryde
2008–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Burney
Minister for Citizenship and Communities
2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Paul Lynch
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
2011–present
Incumbent
New title Minister for Veterans Affairs
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
vacant
Assistant Minister for Education
2014–present
Incumbent