Saliba is the daughter of Alex and May Hudson and was the born in Barrhead, Scotland and migrated to Australia in 1964 with her parents. She was educated at St Anne’s College, Dapto and did Secretarial Studies at the Dapto TAFE. She completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Wollongong in 1999. She later worked for Terry Rumble, former member for Illawarra. She is married with two sons and two daughters.
Saliba represented Illawarra for the Australian Labor Party from March 1999 to March 2007. She retired from parliament at the 2007 election and the seat was renamed Shellharbour. In 2011 she re-entered politics and was elected Deputy Lord Mayor for the Shellharbour City Council, under Liberal Mayor Kellie Marsh.
In 2012 she became mayor of Shellharbour. She has been incumbent since.
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