Wade Noonan

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Wade Noonan
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Williamstown
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 September 2007
Preceded by Steve Bracks
Personal details
Born (1971-04-07) 7 April 1971 (age 43)
Political party Australian Labor Party

Wade Mathew Noonan (born 7 April 1971) is an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since September 2007, representing the electorate of Williamstown. He entered parliament in a by-election caused by the retirement of the sitting Premier of Victoria, Steve Bracks.

Noonan studied at Parade College and the Swinburne University of Technology. He worked as a travel manager for STA Travel from 1990 to 1996, before becoming involved in the union movement. He worked as an organiser for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association from 1996 to 2002, before shifting to the Transport Workers Union of Australia, where he became federal assistant secretary and federal organising and training officer. He remained in this role until his election to parliament.[1] Noonan's father, Bill Noonan, is a long-time TWU official and the union's current Victorian state secretary.[2]

In July 2007, Steve Bracks, the then Premier of Victoria and member for the safe Labor seat of Williamstown, suddenly announced his intention to retire from politics. Noonan emerged as an early favourite to win Labor preselection for the resulting by-election, and won the nomination after a deal to install television presenter Angela Pippos in the seat fell through.[2][3][4] He was elected on 15 September 2007, defeating Greens candidate and former City of Maribyrnong mayor Janet Rice.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Parliamentary Handbook: Wade Noonan". Parliament of Victoria. Accessed 24 October 2007.
  2. ^ a b Whinnett, Ellen. "Union heavy firms for seat". Herald Sun, 14 August 2007.
  3. ^ Whinnett, Ellen. "TV sports host pulls plug on Labor". Herald Sun, 16 August 2007.
  4. ^ Rood, David and Ker, Peter. "Noonan, Foley to run in byelections". Herald Sun, 23 August 2007.
  5. ^ Hannan, Ewin. "ALP in two by-election cakewalks". Herald Sun, 17 September 2007.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Steve Bracks
Member for Williamstown
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent