Ann Symonds

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Ann Symonds
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
8 September 1982 – 30 April 1998
Preceded by Peter Baldwin
Succeeded by Carmel Tebbutt
Personal details
Born Elizabeth Ann Burley
(1939-07-12) 12 July 1939 (age 77)
Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Maurice Symonds (m. 1965)
Children Five
Alma mater University of New South Wales

Elizabeth Ann Symonds AM (née Burley; born 12 July 1939) is a former Australian politician. She was a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1982 to 1998.

Born in Murwillumbah, Ann Burley trained as a teacher at Armidale Teacher's College and the University of New South Wales. On 16 January 1965 she married Maurice Symonds, with whom she had five children. She joined the Australian Labor Party in 1967. In 1974 she was elected to Waverley Municipal Council, becoming the municipality's first female Deputy Mayor in 1977.[1]

In 1982, Symonds was appointed to the New South Wales Legislative Council as a Labor member following the resignation of Peter Baldwin, who was contesting the federal seat of Sydney in the upcoming federal election. She held her seat until 1998, when she resigned; the subsequent vacancy was filled by Carmel Tebbutt.[1]

She was a founder of the Australian Parliamentary Group on Drug Law Reform (APGDLR), a cross party group of 100 MP’s from our State and Commonwealth parliaments. The group was set up in 1993 after a meeting in Canberra convened by Symonds and Michael Moore (ACT Assembly).[2]


  1. ^ a b Parliament of New South Wales (2008). "Mrs (Ann) Elizabeth Ann Symonds (1939 – )". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Australian Parliamentary Group for Drug Law Reform". Retrieved 2011-11-02.