Chloë Fox

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Chloë Catienne Fox (born 22 February 1971) is an Australian politician who represented the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Bright from 2006 to 2014 for the Australian Labor Party.

Personal life[edit]

Fox is the daughter of Australian children's author, Mem Fox and teacher Malcolm Fox.[1] Fox attended Blackwood High School in Adelaide's south and attended the University of Adelaide and the City University, London.[2]

She was engaged to fellow politician Leon Bignell from March 2006 to March 2007 until the wedding was called off.[3][4]

In late 2009, Fox announced she was pregnant, with the birth due in March 2010, around the time of the 2010 state election. The father's identity has been kept confidential by Ms Fox following the breakdown of their longtime relationship.[5] Her son, Theo, was born two months premature in January 2010.[6]


Fox worked as a journalist at the Adelaide Advertiser for three and a half years, traveled to France, where she worked for Elle Online and UNESCO, before returning to Adelaide, where she undertook a Grad. dip in Education, and then worked as a high school teacher of English, French and History at Loreto College, Marryatville.[3][7]

Fox was involved in politics from a young age, handing out Labor how-to-vote cards at the age of 14.[7] Fox was linked with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA).[8]

At the 2004 federal election, she stood against member Andrew Southcott in the safe Liberal seat of Boothby and achieved a 9.9 percent primary and 2 percent two-party swing. She subsequently ran in the marginal Liberal seat of Bright at the 2006 South Australian state election against shadow minister Angus Redford, who was attempting to switch from the Legislative Council to the House of Assembly. She was tipped to face a difficult battle, but won in a landslide, having achieved a 16.9 percent primary and 14.4 percent two-party swing.

In March 2009 Fox became Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier during a ministerial reshuffle in the Rann government.[9]

In April 2010, Fox was appointed Deputy Speaker and the Chairman of Committees in the House of Assembly.[10] In 2011 she was named as the SA Transport Services Minister. She was also appointed as Minister Assisting the Minister for the Arts. In the 2014 state election she was not returned to her seat.

In September 2014 she was appointed to the Lifetime Support Authority.[citation needed] In January 2015 she was employed as a French teacher at Brighton Secondary School.[11][12]


  1. ^ Grattan, Michelle (18 June 2004). "New ALP candidate has literary pedigree". The Age. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Chloe Fox finds a new prince". The Advertiser. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Trackside at the Cup: Russian to conclusions?". The Advertiser. 13 March 2007. 
  5. ^ Tory Shepherd (16 October 2009). "MP upbeat about pregnancy". The Advertiser. 
  6. ^ Deborah Bogle (29 March 2010). "Grandma Mem bathes in Bright new chapter". AdelaideNow. News Limited. 
  7. ^ a b Chloë Fox official website
  8. ^ Jobs for the girls in looming Labor reshuffle: 11 August 2011
  9. ^ Chloë Fox, Member for Bright: ALP website
  10. ^ "Breuer and Fox to keep MPs in line". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Language Faculty News" (PDF). BRIGHTON SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 March 2015. Brighton Secondary School. March 2015. p. 13. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Off the Record: Adelaide City Council members vote with their feet". The Advertiser. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2016. Ms Fox, who held the seat of Bright for two terms until last year’s state election, has returned to her old profession and is a part-time time French teacher with two Year 8 classes at Brighton Secondary. 

External links[edit]

South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Wayne Matthew
Member for Bright
Succeeded by
David Speirs