Barbara Perry

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This article is about the Australian politician. For the American actress, see Barbara Perry (actress). For the American academic, see Barbara A. Perry.
Barbara Perry
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Auburn
In office
8 September 2001 – 6 March 2015
Preceded by Peter Nagle
Succeeded by Luke Foley
Personal details
Born Barbara Mazzel Anne Abood
(1964-04-06) 6 April 1964 (age 51)
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Michael Perry
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Lawyer

Barbara Mazzel Anne Perry (born 6 April 1964) is a former Australian politician, representing Auburn for the Australian Labor Party in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2015. Perry was the first woman of Lebanese origin to be elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Early years and background[edit]

One of five children, Perry is the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Ralph and Susan Abood, and is married to Michael Perry with five sons. She was educated by the Sisters of Charity and the Marist Brothers before graduating in law from the University of Sydney, commencing work with the Legal Aid Commission in 1990.[1]

Political career[edit]

Perry was elected in a by-election on 8 September 2001 following the resignation of Labor Member Peter Nagle and re-elected at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 state elections.[2]

Following the 2007 state election, Perry was appointed Minister for Juvenile Justice, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship in the second Iemma ministry, serving until December 2008. In December 2009, Perry was appointed to the Keneally ministry as Minister for Local Government and Minister Assisting the Minister for Mental Health, taking on the additional responsibilities of Minister for Juvenile Justice in June 2010.[3] Perry retained these portfolios until the 2011 state election when Labor was defeated at the polls. Subsequently, Perry was appointed Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Shadow Minister for Ageing and Disability Services.[2]

On 7 January 2015, after a bitter pre-selection contest,[4] Perry announced that she will not seek Labor endorsement for the 2015 state election and in order to make way for leader Luke Foley to have a clear run for her seat of Auburn as Foley needed to contest a Legislative Assembly seat as he is currently a member of the Legislative Council.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Perry, Barbara Mazzel Anne". Australian Women. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Mrs Barbara Mazzel Perry, BA, LLB MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Robins, Brian (4 June 2010). "Another Keneally minister quits". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Nicholls, Sean (27 December 2014). "Auburn deal takes shape as Luke Foley firms as ALP leadership ballot favourite". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Wood, Alicia (7 January 2015). "Auburn MP Barbara Perry retires from Labor seat to make way for ‘future premier’ Luke Foley". The Australian. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "NSW Labor MP Barbara Perry withdraws from Auburn contest to make way for Opposition Leader Luke Foley". ABC News (Australia). 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Peter Nagle
Member for Auburn
2001 – 2015
Succeeded by
Luke Foley
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Lynch
Minister for Local Government
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Don Page