Annette Ellis

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Annette Ellis

Annette Ellis MP 2005.jpg
Ellis in 2005
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Namadgi
In office
2 March 1996 – 3 October 1998
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Canberra
In office
3 October 1998 – 19 July 2010
Preceded byBob McMullan
Succeeded byGai Brodtmann
Personal details
Born (1946-10-13) 13 October 1946 (age 73)
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
Political partyLabor
OccupationPublic servant

Annette Louise Ellis (born 13 October 1946), Australian politician, was a Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 to August 2010, representing the Division of Namadgi (Australian Capital Territory) 1996–98 and the Division of Canberra (ACT) from 1998 to 2010.

In the 1996 federal election she contested the newly created seat of Namadgi against the Liberal Member for Canberra, Brendan Smyth. Notionally, the seat was very safe for Labor; as originally drawn it had a notional Labor majority of 10.9 percent. However, due to the heavy swing nationwide against the Keating government, Ellis was only assured of victory when she received a large flow of Green preferences on the third count.[1] Ellis become one of the few Labor candidates to defeat a Liberal during the landslide election that brought the Howard government to power. Namadgi was abolished after only one cycle, and most of its territory was merged back into Canberra. Ellis transferred to Canberra, and won it easily. She continued to hold it with little difficulty until her retirement in 2010.

Ellis was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was a public servant, electorate adviser and ministerial adviser before entering politics. She was a member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly from 1992 to 1995.[2]

In Federal Parliament Ellis was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry between 2001 and 2004. She served as Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors and Shadow Minister for Disabilities until the 2004 election, after which she retired from the shadow ministry.[2]

She was re-elected in November 2007—with an increased majority—in the election that returned Labor to power federally under new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

She is a leading member of the ACT right wing Labor caucus, Centre Coalition.

Ellis did not recontest Canberra at the 2010 federal election.[3]


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  2. ^ a b "Biography for Ellis, Annette Louise". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  3. ^ Ellis follows McMullan into retirement: ABC News 22 January 2010

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Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Namadgi
Division abolished
Preceded by
Bob McMullan
Member for Canberra
Succeeded by
Gai Brodtmann