Paul Pearce

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Paul Pearce

Paul Pearce NSW Politician.jpg
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Coogee
In office
2003 – 2011
Preceded byErnie Page
Succeeded byBruce Notley-Smith
Mayor of Waverley Municipal Council
In office
Councillor of Waverley Municipal Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1956-02-07) 7 February 1956 (age 62)
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
WebsiteParliamentary webpage

Paul Ronald Pearce (born 7 February 1956) is an Australian politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Coogee between 2003 and 2011 for the Labor Party.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Pearce was educated at Granville Public School, Bronte Public School (where he was Dux) and Sydney Boys High School. He won academic prizes for 1st Level Ancient History and 1st Level Economics. He has received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Laws(Hons) from the University of London External Programme. He obtained an International Practice Diploma in International Human Rights Law from the International Bar Association. He has received a Master of Laws from Aberystwyth University in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. His thesis was entitled "Anti-terrorism laws - time for a rethink?"

Political career[edit]

He joined the Australian Labor Party in 1974. He was elected to the executive of NSW Young Labor in 1978, became National Secretary of Australian Young Labor in 1980 and President of Australian Young Labor in 1981. He was also Senior Vice President of NSW Young Labor in 1981. In 1976 he was employed as a legal search clerk and joined the Federated Clerks Union (now the USU). He subsequently was self-employed in the textile industry between 1978-1997. He contested Waverley Ward of Waverley Council in 1980 but was not elected. He recontested in 1983 and was elected. He was a councillor of Waverley Municipal Council between 1983 and 2004, serving as Mayor of Waverley between 1997 and 2004. From 1996 to 2001, he was the director of the Southern Sydney Waste Management Board.[2] He stood unsuccessfully for the federal seat of Wentworth in 1993, 1996 and 1998.[3] In 1998 he took the historically safe Liberal seat of Wentworth to preferences for the first time in over 50 years.

While Mayor of Waverley Council, Pearce was noted for his pony tail, but this was ruled out by Labor party organisers at the 2003 election.[4] He was successful in being elected to the seat of Coogee in 2003 and subsequently was re-elected in 2007. At the 2011 state election, Pearce lost the seat of Coogee to Liberal Party candidate and former City of Randwick Mayor Bruce Notley-Smith.[5] Pearce was one of several Labor MPs from comfortably safe Labor seats who were swept out in the massive Coalition landslide that year. He'd previously held Coogee with a majority of seven percent, but was toppled on a 15 percent swing. He recontested the seat for Labor at the 2015 elections but whilst obtaining a substantial swing to Labor, he was unable to retake the seat.


  1. ^ "Mr Paul Ronald Pearce". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Council Members". University of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 18 September 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Index of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate 1901-2002". Adam Carr. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  4. ^ "Coogee". 2007 Election Guide. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  5. ^ Rice, Margaret (26 March 2011). "Notley-Smith takes Coogee". Wentworth Courier. News Limited. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Ernie Page
Member for Coogee
2003 – 2011
Succeeded by
Bruce Notley-Smith