Laurie Ferguson

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The Honourable
Laurie Ferguson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Reid
In office
24 March 1990 – 21 August 2010
Preceded by Tom Uren
Succeeded by John Murphy
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Werriwa
In office
21 August 2010 – 9 May 2016
Preceded by Chris Hayes
Succeeded by Anne Stanley
Personal details
Born Laurie Donald Thomas Ferguson
(1952-07-07) 7 July 1952 (age 64)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Maureen Walsh
Relations Jack Ferguson (father)
Martin Ferguson (brother)
Andrew Ferguson (brother)
Lynda Voltz (stepdaughter)
Paul Lynch (brother in-law)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Research officer

Laurie Donald Thomas Ferguson (born 7 July 1952), former Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives from March 1990, representing Reid until 2010 and Werriwa until May 2016, both in New South Wales.

Early life and education[edit]

Laurie Ferguson grew up in Guildford. He was the son of Jack Ferguson, who was deputy premier of New South Wales 1976–84. His brother Martin was also a federal MP. Both attended at St Patrick's College, Strathfield. His younger brother, Andrew, was the former NSW Secretary of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division).[citation needed]

Ferguson was educated at the University of Sydney and was a research officer with the Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union before entering politics. He was the member for Granville in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly 1984–90.[1]


In the federal Parliament, Ferguson was elected to the opposition shadow ministry in March 1996 and was Shadow Minister for Immigration in 2004–05. His handling of the debate around Petro Georgiou's private member's bill on asylum seekers was severely criticised [clarification needed] and he was shifted to Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Population Health and Health Regulation in June 2005. On the election of the Rudd Labor Government in 2007, Ferguson became Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services.[citation needed]

He was preselected to contest the south-western Sydney seat of Werriwa at the 2010 federal election after his existing seat of Reid was merged with neighbouring Lowe. Lowe MP John Murphy contested the redistributed Reid.[2] He was not re-appointed to the Gillard Ministry after the election. Ferguson is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Global Panel Foundation-Australasia.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Maureen Walsh, a former councillor at Parramatta City Council in the Woodville Ward.[3]


  1. ^ "Mr Laurie Donald Thomas Ferguson profile". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Reid – Election 2010". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Woodville Ward". Councillors and eards. Parramatta City Council. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 

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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
James Flaherty
Member for Granville
Succeeded by
Kim Yeadon
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Tom Uren
Member for Reid
Succeeded by
John Murphy
Preceded by
Chris Hayes
Member for Werriwa
Succeeded by
Anne Stanley