Ann Sudmalis

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Ann Sudmalis
MP
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Gilmore
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Joanna Gash
Majority 0.7%
Personal details
Born (1955-09-16) 16 September 1955 (age 61)
Milton, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Children 3
Profession Teacher; politician
Website annsudmalismp.com.au

Ann Elizabeth Sudmalis (born 16 September 1955) is an Australian politician. She has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Gilmore in New South Wales, since September 2013.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sudmalis was born in Milton and trained as a science teacher.[2]

Career[edit]

Political career[edit]

Mrs Sudmalis has served as a councillor on the Kiama Council and worked as an advisor to Joanna Gash, the Member for Gilmore between 1996 and 2013. At the 2007 New South Wales state election, Sudmalis contested the seat of Kiama, running against Labor incumbent, Matt Brown. She was defeated, gaining 38% of the two-party-preferred vote.[3]

Following the January 2012 decision of Gash to retire from politics at the 2013 federal election;[4] Sudmalis won Liberal pre-selection in April 2012;[5] and was elected as Member for Gilmore with 52.65% of the two-party preferred vote.[6]

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: In November 2014 it was announced that the Australian government would be reducing the ABC budget by $254 million, in spite of a pre-election promise by Tony Abbott not to cut the ABC's funding.[7] The ABC managing director, Mark Scott, later announced where the cuts would affect, one area of which was the ABC's Nowra office. Sudmalis released an open letter to Mark Scott declaring his decision "appalling", "deplorable" and that he was "taking the easy way out" by allowing the Nowra branch to be closed and not targeting more cuts to metropolitan areas, appearing to blame Mark Scott for the effect on her electorate.[8]

Council Amalgamations: At the end of 2015, the NSW Liberal Government proposed the forced council amalgamation between Kiama Council and Shoalhaven City Council. Ann condemned the proposal along with the Liberal State member for Kiama, Gareth Ward. However, at a community meeting in April 2016, she signed a petition that condemned the NSW Baird Government's proposal and would vote against herself and her Liberal state party colleagues (Gareth Ward and Shelley Hancock) at subsequent federal and state elections until the proposal does not proceed. Mrs Sudmalis' signature was removed from the petition. [9]

2016 Federal Election: Ann Sudmalis was re-elected at the 2016 Federal Election for the Gilmore electorate. She suffered a 3.1% swing against her by the ALP challenger Fiona Phillips. She won the electorate by less than 2000 votes and holds the electorate on 0.7%. This makes it the most marginal federal seat in New South Wales.[10]

At the return of Parliament after the election, she had been telling colleagues that the reason why she won a particular polling booth was because a supporter had removed all the Labor campaign material regarding Medicare and stashed it in a car boot. [11]

Penalty Rates: Following the decision of the Australian Fair Work Commission to reduce penalty rates of hospitality, retail, fast-food and Phamacy workers, Ann Sudmalis was interviewed by the Illawarra Mercury and said that the cuts were a "gift" to young people.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ann Sudmalis wins Gilmore despite swing against Libs". Kiama Independent / Lake Times. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ann Sudmalis: Liberal for Gilmore". Liberal Party of Australia. 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "New South Wales Elections: Analysis of Results" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Wright, Jessica (26 January 2012). "After 15 years, MP to swap national for local". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Tonkin, Shannon (22 April 2012). "Ann Sudmalis runs for Gilmore seat". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "House of Representatives: NSW: Gilmore". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abc-cuts-malcolm-turnbull-announces-budget-reduction-of-250-million-20141119-11pquv.html
  8. ^ http://www.southcoastregister.com.au/story/2717131/update-state-politicians-weigh-into-closure-of-abcs-nowra-office/
  9. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberal-mp-ann-sudmalis-feels-backlash-after-joining-alp-attack-on-council-mergers-20160405-gnyqu9.html
  10. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2016/guide/gilm/
  11. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/liberal-mp-ann-sudmalis-reveals-dirty-campaign-tactics/news-story/f5a99670fbf6ffbb6d387f37cdb5efe2
  12. ^ http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/03/01/ann-sudmalis-tears-in-question-time/
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Joanna Gash
Member for Gilmore
2013–present
Incumbent