Christine Fyffe

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The Honourable
Christine Fyffe
MP
Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
In office
4 February 2014 – 23 December 2014
Deputy Paul Weller
Preceded by Ken Smith
Succeeded by Telmo Languiller
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Evelyn
Assumed office
25 November 2006
Preceded by Heather McTaggart
In office
17 September 1999 – 30 November 2002
Preceded by Jim Plowman
Succeeded by Heather McTaggart
Personal details
Born (1944-12-10) 10 December 1944 (age 71)
Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Children 5
Website christinefyffe.com.au

Christine Ann Fyffe (born 10 December 1944) is an Australian politician. She has been a Liberal member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly representing Evelyn. She has held the seat since 2006, having previously represented it from 1999 to 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Fyffe was born in Staffordshire, England, and was educated at Oldfield Hall Girls' School in the United Kingdom. She arrived in Australia in 1967, creating with her recently married husband David, the Yarra Burn Winery and Restaurant at Yarra Junction. She now has five children. She supports the Essendon Football Club.[1]

Political career[edit]

Fyffe was a vigneron before entering politics, and was appointed by the Kennett State Government as a Commissioner for the Yarra Ranges Shire for the period 1994–97. In 1999, she was selected as the Liberal candidate for Evelyn following the retirement of sitting member Jim Plowman.[2]

In 2002, Fyffe was defeated by Labor candidate Heather McTaggart in the massive Labor landslide of that year. At the following election in 2006, Fyffe again contested Evelyn and defeated McTaggart.[2]

In 2010, Fyffe was elected Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, under Speaker Ken Smith. When Smith resigned as Speaker on 4 February 2014, the Assembly voted Fyffe in as his replacement.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.christinefyffe.com.au/about_christine__evelyn
  2. ^ a b Parliament of Victoria (2008). "Fyffe, Christine Ann". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ken Smith resigns, Christine Fyffe becomes the new Speaker". ABC News. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jim Plowman
Member for Evelyn
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Heather McTaggart
Preceded by
Heather McTaggart
Member for Evelyn
2006–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ken Smith
Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
2014
Succeeded by
Telmo Languiller