Kerry Hickey

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The Hon
Kerry Hickey
MP
Member of the
New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Cessnock
In office
27 March 1999 – 26 March 2011
Preceded by Stan Neilly
Succeeded by Clayton Barr
Personal details
Born Kerry Arthur Hickey
(1960-04-06) 6 April 1960 (age 57)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Metal fabricator, milk vendor

Kerry Arthur Hickey (born 6 April 1960), a former Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Cessnock between 1999 and 2011 for the Australian Labor Party.[1]

Early years and background[edit]

Prior to entering politics, Hickey was a metal fabricator prior to 1982 and subsequently he was a milk vendor. In 1981 he was elected as a Councillor of the City of Cessnock.[1]

Political career[edit]

He was Minister for Mineral Resources from April 2003 to August 2005, and was Minister for Local Government between 2005 and 2007.[1]

On 7 November 2006, he admitted to having been fined four times in recent years for speeding:[2]

  • $590 in October 2006 for being more than 30 kilometres per hour (19 mph) over the limit
  • $225 in August 2005 for being more than 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph) over the limit
  • $127 in 2003
  • $118 in 2002

The Premier, Morris Iemma resisted calls to sack him as result. He was quoted as saying:

I'm disappointed that it happened. Like any other motorist, no one is above the law, whether you are a minister, a member of Parliament or a member of the general public. He has apologised, I've accepted that. Is it a sackable offence? No, but I am very disappointed that it has happened. He's suffering public humiliation as a result.[2]

In an interview with the Newcastle Herald, published on 10 July 2010, Hickey claimed that he was not the father of a child born in February 2009 to an unnamed parliamentary staff member.[3] A month later, on further questioning by the media, Hickey admitted that he had lied about his relationship with the parliamentary staff member and admitted that the 18-month-old child was his. In a dramatic day of lying about his relationship, Hickey initially decided to resign, but after speaking with the Premier Kristina Keneally, he issued a statement stating that he would be seeking re-election.[4] Hickey's initial claims were made in order to protect the mother's career and his family.[5]

Under mounting political and personal pressure, on 6 September 2010 Hickey announced his decision to not seek re-election at the 2011 state election, citing personal reasons.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Hon. Kerry Arthur Hickey, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b Phillip, Hudson (12 February 2010). "I'm no serial speeder, says minister". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  3. ^ McCarthy, Joanne (10 July 2010). "MP denies fathering baby to parliamentary staff member". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Joanne (18 August 2010). "Of course, I lied: MP lives to fight another day after admitting friend's baby is his". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Clennell, Andrew (19 August 2010). "Secret love child exposes Labor MP Kerry Hickey". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Clennell, Andrew (6 September 2010). "Cheating MP Kerry Hickey drops out as Kristina Keneally turns in to a pink Wiggle". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 

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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Stan Neilly
Member for Cessnock
1999 – 2011
Succeeded by
Clayton Barr
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Kelly
Minister for Local Government
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Paul Lynch