Bruce Notley-Smith

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Bruce Notley-Smith
Bruce Notley-Smith.jpg
Notley-Smith at a 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras press conference
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Coogee
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded by Paul Pearce
Constituency Coogee
Personal details
Born Bruce Neville Notley-Smith
c. 1964[1]
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Domestic partner Paul McCormack
Occupation Small business owner
Website Parliamentary webpage

Bruce Neville Notley-Smith (born c. 1964[1]), is an Australian politician and former Mayor of the City of Randwick, and is a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Coogee for the Liberal Party of Australia since 26 March 2011.[2]

Early years and background[edit]

Bruce Notley-Smith grew up in Coogee, the son of Alan Notley-Smith and Gloria Peisley. His paternal grandparents, Neville and Lillian Notley-Smith, had lived in Coogee from the 1920s, where they operated an electrical contracting and appliance store. In 1940 Neville volunteered to serve in World War II. Initially refused as he was considered too old, he went to the next recruitment post and lied about his age. After seeing action in the Middle East, he was captured and spent the rest of the war working on the Thai-Burma railway.[3] His maternal grandfather, Allen Peisley, served 42 years with New South Wales Railways and was elected to Griffith City Council in 1949 representing the Australian Labor Party. On his mother's side, Notley-Smith is descended from John Peisley, the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Orange from 1860 to 1862. Peisley was the son John Peisley, a farmer and former convict.[3]

Bruce Notley-Smith was educated at Coogee Public School, then Randwick Boys High School, and Randwick TAFE.[4] He commenced working in industrial first aid and as an officer in the NSW Ambulance Service, before running his own contract cleaning business.[5][6]

Political career[edit]

Notley-Smith first entered politics when he unsuccessfully ran as an Independent candidate for Randwick City Council in 1995.[3] Eventually, he was elected to local government for the East Ward in 2000. Notley-Smith became Deputy Mayor from 2004 to 2005 and then subsequently Mayor of the City of Randwick in 2007, a role which he served in for two years.[5] In 2009, he stood down as Mayor and commenced working in the office of Malcolm Turnbull, MP, whilst remaining the Liberal Councillor for East Ward. In 2008 he declared his intention to run for the state seat of Coogee at the March 2011 election.[7]

At the March 2011 NSW State Election, Bruce Notley-Smith was elected and received a swing of 11.4 points in the traditionally strong Labor seat, winning 58.2 per cent of the two-party vote.[6] Notley-Smith's main competitor was the incumbent, Paul Pearce, a former Mayor of Waverley City Council, who had held he seat since 2003.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bruce Notley-Smith has been with his partner, Paul McCormack, since 1990.[8][9] Bruce is the first openly gay member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly,[1] and worked to expunge the criminal records of gay men convicted under historical laws.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Tovey, Josephine (12 March 2011). "Liberals challenge Greens for the gay vote". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Rice, Margaret (26 March 2011). "Notley-Smith takes Coogee". Wentworth Courier. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bruce Notley-Smith – Inaugural Speech". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bruce Notley-Smith". Liberal for Coogee. Liberal Party of Australia (NSW). 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "About me". Liberal for Coogee. Bruce Notley-Smith. 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Green, Antony (4 April 2011). "Coogee". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Moncrieff-Hill, Nick (20 October 2009). "Randwick councillor Bruce Notley-Smith to work with Malcolm Turnbull". Southern Courier. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gays line up for election". Star Observer. Australia. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Akersten, Matt (27 March 2011). "Pink win in NSW's blue landslide". Same Same. The Sound Alliance. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 

Other links[edit]

Civic offices
Preceded by
Michael Daley
Deputy Mayor of Randwick
Succeeded by
Murray Matson
Preceded by
Paul Tracey
Mayor of Randwick
Succeeded by
John Procopiadis
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Paul Pearce
Member for Coogee