Mehreen Faruqi

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Dr Mehreen Faruqi
Mehreen Faruqi 2015.jpg
Faruqi in 2015
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Assumed office
19 June 2013
Preceded by Cate Faehrmann
Personal details
Born Lahore, Pakistan
Nationality Australian
Political party Greens New South Wales
Spouse(s) Omar Faruqi
Alma mater University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
University of New South Wales
Occupation Environmental engineer

Mehreen Saeed Faruqi is a Pakistani-born Australian politician. She has been a Greens MP in the New South Wales Legislative Council since 19 June 2013.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Faruqi holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan and worked as a consultant in Pakistan before moving to Sydney in 1992. She received a Masters and a Ph. D in Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales.


Early career[edit]

Before her appointment to the Legislative Council, Faruqi had a 25-year career as a professional engineer and academic. She worked in leadership positions in local government, consulting firms and higher education institutions in Australia and internationally. These included roles such as Manager of Environment and Services at Mosman Council, Manager of Natural Resources and Catchments for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, and as the Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW.

At the time she was appointed to parliament, was Academic Director of the Master of Business and Technology Program and an Associate Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management for the University of New South Wales.[2]

Political career[edit]

She joined the Greens in 2004 and ran as a candidate for the Legislative Assembly seat of Heffron in 2011 and at the 2012 by-election. She was chosen to replace Faehrmann in 2013, becoming the first Muslim woman to be a member of any Australian parliament.[3]

In parliament, Dr Faruqi has carriage of the following portfolios for The Greens NSW: Animal Welfare, Drugs and Harm Minimisation, Environment, Lower Mid North Coast, Multiculturalism, Roads & Ports, Status of Women, Transport, Western Sydney, and Young People.

As a high-profile supporter of women's rights, Dr Faruqi is a vocal pro-choice advocate and in June 2014 introduced the first ever parliamentary bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales.[4]

Dr Faruqi is also a strong advocate for public transport and environmental sustainability. In March 2014, she successfully moved a motion in parliament ordering for all government documents relating to the creation of the business case for the WestConnex motorway. The subsequent release of information uncovered evidence of the NSW government's plans for mass outsourcing of public service work[5] and uncertainty among WestConnex staff and advisers on the viability of the project.[6]

Key published works[edit]

Faruqi, M. (2012). Embracing complexity to enable change, in D Rigling Gallagher, N Christiansen and P Andrews, eds, Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook, vol. 2, pp. 772–781, Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.

Harding, R, Hendriks, CM, and Faruqi, M. (2009). Environmental Decision-Making - Exploring complexity and context, Federation Press, Sydney.


Judy Raper Award for Leadership in Engineering, UNSW School of Chemical Engineering (2013).[7]


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