Marjorie O'Neill

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Marjorie O'Neill

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O'Neill at a Bring Back Our Buses Rally in 2019
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Coogee
Assumed office
23 March 2019
Preceded byBruce Notley-Smith
Councillor of Waverley Council
for Waverley Ward
Assumed office
9 September 2017
Personal details
Marjorie Spooner O'Neill

c. 1986 (age 32–33)
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationAcademic; politician

Marjorie Spooner O'Neill is an Australian politician. O'Neill was elected as a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Coogee at the 2019 state election.[1][2] O'Neill has been a Councillor of Waverley Council since 2017.[3]

Background and early life[edit]

Born to Brian William O'Neill and Keri Spooner, O'Neill was raised in the Bronte area of Sydney.[4] Her father, Brian O'Neill, served as a member of the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales for over 20 years.[5][6] She has a PhD in Management and Economics[3] and has been a casual business school academic at the University of Technology Sydney.[4][7]

O'Neill is a volunteer surf lifesaver at Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club.[2] She also played rugby union for Sydney University Women's Rugby Club and coached at UNSW.[4]

Political career[edit]

O'Neill was first elected to Waverley Council on 9 September 2017 in Waverley Ward representing the Labor Party. She serves as the Chair of the Community Safety Advisory Committee and the Waverley Surf Life Saving Club Committee.[8][3] She was later pre-selected to run as the Labor candidate in the Division of Coogee in the 2019 state election. O'Neill defeated Bruce Notley-Smith to become the Member for Coogee.[1][2][5]


  • O'Neill, M. S.; Johns, R. E. (2009). "How a welfare approach to maternity has facilitated low workforce participation rates for Australian women of child-bearing age". International Employment Relations Review. 15 (1): 53–72. Retrieved 30 March 2019 – via University of Technology Sydney.


  1. ^ a b "State Electoral District of Coogee". NSW State Election 2019. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Barwell, David (26 March 2019). "O'Neill mourns death in the face of victory". Southern Courier. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Marjorie O'Neill - Waverley Council". Waverley Council. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Maddox, Garry; Barker, Jordan (24 March 2019). "Surf lifesaver, rugby star, motorbike-riding newcomer: Labor's only shining light". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b Maddox, Garry (3 February 2019). "Why Coogee is a vulnerable seat for the Berejiklian government". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ The Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales: Annual Report Year Ended 31 December 2006 pp.1 and 7: Retrieved 2 April 2019
  7. ^ University of Technology Sydney: Marjorie O'Neill: Positions and Qualifications
  8. ^ "Cr Marjorie O'Neill". Local Government Association of NSW. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Bruce Notley-Smith
Member for Coogee