David Harris (Australian politician)

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David Harris
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Wyong
In office
24 March 2007 – 4 March 2011
Preceded by Paul Crittenden
Succeeded by Darren Webber
Assumed office
28 March 2015
Preceded by Darren Webber
Personal details
Born (1966-02-24) 24 February 1966 (age 51)
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Sherelle
Children 2
Residence Hamlyn Terrace, New South Wales
Occupation Primary School Teacher
Religion Uniting Church

David Robert Harris (born 24 February 1966) is an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the electorate of Wyong. He previously represented the same electorate from 2007 to 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Harris is one of three children born to his parents who grew up in Greenacre. His parents later moved to the New South Wales Central Coast.

Harris is married to Sherelle and they have two daughters.[1]

Education and teaching career[edit]

Harris attended Woy Woy South Public School and Woy Woy High School where became school captain.[1]

Harris undertook tertiary studies and was awarded a Diploma of Teaching and began work in the public school system. He started his career as a teacher at Griffith Public School in 1987. The following year, in his second year of teaching, he became the principal of a one-teacher school at Merriwagga. He moved on to teach at Hillston Central School. It was in Hillston that he met his wife Sherelle.[1]

Harris returned to the New South Wales Central Coast and became principal at Dooralong Public School and then deputy principal at Northlakes Public School.

Harris was later appointed principal at Gwandalan Public School and finally principal of Kariong Public School.

In 2006 Harris resigned as the principal to pursue a career in politics.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1987 Harris joined the Umina branch of the Australian Labor Party, eventually becoming the president of the Wyong branch and then the secretary of Dobell Federal Electoral Council.[1]

Harris was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 24 March 2007 as the Member for Wyong. He was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Education & Training, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast. He was also Deputy Chair of the Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption and Chair of the Natural Resource Management(Climate Change) Committee. He was a Member of the Staysafe Committee (Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety) and a Member of the Standing Committee on Broadband in Rural and Regional Communities.[2]

At the 2011 State election, Harris lost the seat of Wyong to his Liberal opponent; local small businessman Darren Webber. It was the first time the seat of Wyong had been held by any party other than the Labor Party and the win was a milestone for the Liberals.[citation needed]

Return to education and teaching[edit]

Late in 2011, Harris was appointed as the new Principal at Point Clare Public School, to begin in the new year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e NSW Parliament Hansard: Inaugural Speech of the Member for Wyong
  2. ^ NSW Parliament: David Harris MP
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Paul Crittenden
Member for Wyong
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Darren Webber
Preceded by
Darren Webber
Member for Wyong
2015–present
Incumbent