Louise Markus

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Louise Markus
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Macquarie
In office
21 August 2010 – 2 July 2016
Preceded by Bob Debus
Succeeded by Susan Templeman
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Greenway
In office
9 October 2004 – 21 August 2010
Preceded by Frank Mossfield
Succeeded by Michelle Rowland
Personal details
Born (1958-09-06) 6 September 1958 (age 58)
Epping, Sydney Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Jim Markus
Children Joshua and Hannah
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Profession Social worker
Religion Australian Christian Churches
Website www.louisemarkus.com.au

Louise Elizabeth Markus (born 6 September 1958), Australian federal politician, was a member of the Australian House of Representatives, initially elected to represent the seat of Greenway in western Sydney for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. Following an unfavourable redistribution in 2010, she moved to the seat of Macquarie. She lost the 2016 federal election to Labor's Susan Templeman.

Early years and background[edit]

She was educated at the University of New South Wales, graduating in social work, and was a community worker running the Hillsong Church's drug and alcohol outreach service in Blacktown prior to entering politics.[1]

She is married to Jim Markus, who is from Papua New Guinea;[2] together they have two children.

Political career[edit]

Subsequent to the 2004 election, unsubstantiated allegations were made in the NSW State Parliament under Parliamentary privilege that Mrs Markus had directly benefited from unauthorised campaign materials containing false statements in an attempt to capture anti-Islamic sentiment against her Labor opponent.[3] These allegations were not supported as the basis for his loss by the Labor Candidate[4] nor supported by contemporary media coverage.[5]

Markus retained the seat of Greenway with a comfortable margin in the 2007 election, although with a nominal swing of 6.85 points against her on a two-party-preferred basis.[6]

Following the 2007 election, she was made Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, but lost the position in 2010.[7] She was previously the Shadow Minister for Veteran's Affairs.

She lives in Riverstone, outside her electorate of Macquarie. A September 2006 redistribution of boundaries saw massive changes in the shape of her electorate of Greenway being centred on the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains rather than Blacktown. The northward shift in electorate boundaries also saw Greenway change from marginal Liberal to safe Liberal. A further electoral redistribution in 2009 made the seat of Greenway notionally Labor on an estimated margin of 5.7%.[8]

Markus contested the 2010 federal election as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Macquarie, which had absorbed a fraction of her former electorate base. Markus won the Two-party-preferred vote by 2.52 points against Labor, with most support in her traditional base in the urban east of the electorate, and high Greens votes in the smaller upper Blue Mountains booths.[9] The 2013 federal election was marked by widespread swings towards the Liberal Party in west Sydney. In this context, Markus further extended her margin, winning with a primary vote of 47.4% and a two-party-preferred vote of 54.5%. As before, the electorate demonstrated a marked polarity, with her support being in the more urban northern and eastern portions of the electorate.[10]

In the 2016 federal election, the incumbent Markus lost the seat of Macquarie to three-time challenger, Susan Templeman. Activist group GetUp! claimed to have played a significant role in the outcome as they targeted Markus in a direct electoral campaign.[11] This included the distribution of how to vote material favouring Green and Labor candidates.[12]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Mrs Louise Markus MP". House of Representatives – Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Maiden Speech – Mrs Louise Markus MP". House of Representatives – Members. extracted from the Parliament of Australia. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Religious Freedom". NSW Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ Husic, Ed (20 October 2005). "Religion was used as a weapon". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  5. ^ Sheehan, Paul (27 September 2004). "Candidate's silence could speak volumes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  6. ^ "House of Representatives Division First Preferences – Greenway". 2007 federal election. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  7. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/national/turnbull-takes-key-spot-in-game-of-snakes-and-ladders-20100914-15azw.html?skin=text-only.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Green, Antony (22 August 2010). "Australia Votes 2010 – Greenway". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  9. ^ "House of Representatives Division Macquarie". 2010 federal election. Australian Electoral Commission. 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  10. ^ "House of Representatives Division Macquarie". 2013 federal election. Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  11. ^ "Federal election 2016: GetUp! proves force to be reckoned with". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  12. ^ "How to vote this election". GetUp! Action for Australia. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Frank Mossfield
Member for Greenway
Succeeded by
Michelle Rowland
Preceded by
Bob Debus
Member for Macquarie
Succeeded by
Susan Templeman