Barry Collier (politician)

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Barry Collier
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Miranda
In office
27 March 1999 – 4 March 2011
Preceded by Ron Phillips
Succeeded by Graham Annesley
In office
19 October 2013 – 6 March 2015
Preceded by Graham Annesley
Succeeded by Eleni Petinos
Personal details
Born Barry Joseph Collier
(1949-12-05) 5 December 1949 (age 67)
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jeanette
Alma mater University of New South Wales
University of Sydney
Occupation Teacher, solicitor and barrister

Barry Joseph Collier OAM (born 5 December 1949) is an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015, representing the electorate of Miranda. Collier retired at the 2011 election, but contested and won a 2013 by-election when his successor, Liberal Graham Annesley, resigned. Collier then retired a second time at the 2015 election.

Education and legal careers[edit]

From 1973 to 1989, Collier was a high school economics teacher with the NSW Education Department. During his teaching career, Collier also served as NSW economics curriculum consultant and chairman of the NSW Higher School Certificate Economics Examination Committee. He wrote three textbooks and accompanying workbooks for high school students in Years 11 and 12 entitled Introducing Economics, published by Jacaranda-Wiley.[1]

From 1989 to 1999, he practiced criminal law as a solicitor with both the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, and later as a barrister in private practice.[2] As a Legal Aid solicitor, Collier appeared in the 1993 ABC Television reality local court documentary So Help Me God.

Political career[edit]

Collier was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in the 1999 NSW state election.

From 2007 until his retirement from Parliament in 2011, he served as Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Attorney General & Minister for Justice, Assisting the Minister for Corrective Services, Assisting the Treasurer and Assisting the Minister for Ports & Waterways.

Collier made over 700 speeches in the NSW Legislative Assembly.[3]

Collier is notable for switching from the right faction to the left faction in 2005 and causing the Government to back down on a proposal to resurrect the long-standing plan to build the Southern Freeway (or F6) through his electorate.[4] He returned to the right faction of the Labor Party in September 2008.

On 21 September 2010 Collier announced that he would not contest the 2011 state election.[5][6] He gave his valedictory speech in the Legislative Assembly on 26 November 2010.[7] In 2013, Collier nominated to contest Miranda once again in the by-election triggered by the resignation of his successor, Graham Annesley and won a surprise victory.

Collier announced he again would not recontest Miranda at the 2015 election, which will mark his second retirement from the New South Wales Parliament.[8]

Barry decided to run for Council and is now a Councillor for B ward

Political hiatus and personal life[edit]

After temporarily leaving politics, Collier returned to legal practice as a barrister.[9]

In September 2012, Collier was appointed by the NSW Government as a trustee of the newly created Rookwood General Cemetery Reserve Trust Board.[10]

Collier is married with two children and has lived in Sutherland Shire since 1972.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Collier, Barry. Introducing economics. 
  2. ^ "NSW Labor MP shocks with about-turn". 4 May 2005. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Mr Barry Joseph COLLIER, OAM, BComm, DipEd, DipLaw, GAICD (1949 - )". Former Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  4. ^ Noonan, Gerard (4 May 2005). "Barry jumps to the left". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  5. ^ AAP (22 September 2010). "NSW Labor MP Barry Collier to quit and not recontest 2011 state election". Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  6. ^ Trembath, Murray (22 September 2010). "Barry Collier decides to quit". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  7. ^ Collier, Mr Barry: Speeches in Hansard, Parliament of NSW.
  8. ^ Trembath, Murray (16 October 2014). "Collier exits again - Miranda MP calls it quits 'for wife and family'". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "2013 Miranda by-election". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  10. ^ New Life in Multicultural Approach, Inner West Courier, 9 October 2012 page 8.
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Ron Phillips
Member for Miranda
Succeeded by
Graham Annesley
Preceded by
Graham Annesley
Member for Miranda
Succeeded by
Eleni Petinos