Virginia Judge b. [Cooma, New South Wales]), a former Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Strathfield for the Australian Labor Party from 2003 until 2011.
Judge was born in Cooma and educated in her early years in both Canberra, ACT and New Delhi, India. She later returned to Canberra for her secondary schooling. She received a Bachelor of Education from the Canberra School of Music.
Judge taught in primary and secondary schools in both Sydney and Canberra. She also worked as a volunteer abroad for the Overseas Service Bureau in Tonga and as a project officer for small non-government organisation, The Australian Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific, delivering items such as humidicribs, toilets and ovens to Pacific islands such as Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Judge returned to Sydney,and worked in real estate, qualifying for her real estate licence. She was also studying Law part-time at Macquarie University prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly.
Judge was elected to Strathfield Council in 1995 and served until 2004. She served as Mayor from 2000 to 2003 when she entered the NSW Parliament.
In 2007, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Minister for Education and Training, Industrial Relations, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance. In 2008, she was then appointed Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for Citizenship and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts. Then in 2010 was appointed Minister for the Arts and held the portfolios until the 2011 election.
Post political career
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In July 2011, Judge became National Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Capital Works Program for the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) which is an independent medical research institute which commenced operations in 1958 as part of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Camperdown, Sydney. CMRI has a long history of medical discoveries and an equally long history in public fundraising, including Australia's first ever telethon and establishment of the nationally recognised Jeans for Genes brand. Their vision is to deliver a world-class, paediatric institute benefitting Western Sydney, NSW and Australia.
In 2013, she also became a Board Member of the Riverside Theatres Parramatta and Board Member of Gallery 49 Marrickville.