Gayle Tierney

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The Honourable
Gayle Tierney
MLC
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
Assumed office
25 November 2006
Constituency Western Victoria Region
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater Flinders University

Gayle Anne Tierney is an Australian politician. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Council since November 2006, representing Western Victoria Region.[1]

Tierney studied politics and Asian studies at Flinders University, before entering the trade union movement. During the early 1980s she worked for Australia Asia Worker Links, promoting research and study tours in South Korea, the Philippines, Japan and Hong Kong, focusing on union, human, indigenous and women's rights in those countries, and encouraging Australian companies active in Asia to maintain proper standards of care.

Following her period at AAWL Tierney was a Federal Industrial Officer with the Australian Public Service Association and held that position until joining the Vehicle Builders Union in 1989.

Tierney was the first woman to become State Secretary of the traditionally male-dominated Vehicle Division of the Automotive, Metals and Engineering Union (now part of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union), serving in that role from 1993 to 2006, and serving as its Federal President from 2000 to 2006. Tierney also served on the executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 2000 to 2006.[2][3]

Tierney entered politics ahead of the 2006 state election, winning the second position on the Labor ticket for the reconstituted Western Victoria Region, thus ensuring her election to parliament. [4] Tierney was elected from the second position, and was appointed deputy chair of the Rural and Regional Committee in 2007.[5]

On 9 November 2016, Tierney was appointed as Minister for Corrections and Minister for Training and Skills, replacing Steve Herbert who resigned from the Andrews Ministry.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/members/id/1623
  2. ^ Backhouse, Megan. "First Woman Chief of Car Workers' Union Relishes 'Cutting Edge'". The Age, 29 March 1993.
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Handbook: Gayle Tierney". Parliament of Victoria Retrieved on 2 April 2009.
  4. ^ Tomazin, Farrah. "Bracks defends state seat choices". The Age, 18 March 2006.
  5. ^ "Parliamentary Handbook: Gayle Tierney". Parliament of Victoria Retrieved on 2 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Victorian minister 'pays the price' after ferrying dogs in government car". ABC News. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Herbert
Minister for Corrections
2016–present
Incumbent
Minister for Training and Skills
2016–present