Reba Meagher

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Reba Meagher
Minister for Health
In office
2 April 2007 – 5 September 2008
Preceded byJohn Hatzistergos
Succeeded byJohn Della Bosca
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Cabramatta
In office
22 October 1994 – 17 September 2008
Preceded byJohn Newman
Succeeded byNick Lalich
Personal details
Born (1967-09-11) 11 September 1967 (age 52)
Caringbah, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
OccupationTrade unionist

Reba Paige Meagher (born 11 September 1967) is a former Australian politician who was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the electoral district of Cabramatta. She was a minister in various portfolios from 2003 to 2008, including Minister for Health. On 6 September 2008 Meagher announced that she would not be seeking a ministerial appointment from new Premier Nathan Rees.[1] On 13 September 2008 she announced her retirement as a NSW MP. She formally resigned on 17 September 2008.[2]

Early life[edit]

Meagher was born in 1967 in Caringbah, New South Wales, the daughter of Les Meagher, a printer for the Sydney Morning Herald.[3] She received her Higher School Certificate from Endeavour High School in 1985. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney in 1989, and a Master of Labour Law and Relations in 1992.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

Meagher declared on 7 November 2008 at an inquiry that, just over an hour after the Cabramatta MP John Newman had been shot in front of his fiancee on 5 September 1994, the then Labor Party head John Della Bosca, offered the seat to Reba Meagher—confirming an offer he had first made hours before the killing.[6]

Since entering Parliament, Meagher served in a number of ministerial and sub-ministerial positions:

  • Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Minister for Transport and Minister for Roads on matters concerning Roads (April 1999 to March 2002)
  • Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Minister for Police (March 2003 to April 2003)
  • Minister for Fair Trading (April 2003 to January 2005)
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce (April 2003 to January 2005)
  • Minister for Youth (January 2005 to April 2007)
  • Minister for Community Services (January 2005 to April 2007)
  • Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (November 2006 to April 2007)
  • Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship (November 2006 to April 2007)
  • Minister for Health (April 2007 to September 2008)

She also served on a number of Parliamentary Committees:

  • Member, Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman and the Police Integrity Commission (May 1995 to April 1998)
  • Member, Legislative Assembly Standing Ethics Committee (May 1995 to March 1999)
  • Member, Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption (May 1995 to March 1999)
  • Member, Joint Standing Committee upon Small Business (November 1996 to March 1999)
  • Member, Joint Select Committee into Injecting Rooms (June 1997 to February 1998)

Personal life[edit]

Meagher lives in the eastern Sydney suburb of Coogee.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doomed Reba Meagher quits". news.com.au. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Reba Meagher formally resigns". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 September 2008.
  3. ^ Murphy, Damien; Robins, Brian (16 September 2008). "Now even Rees rues the Grim Reba". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Ltd. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Meagher, Reba Paige". Australian Women. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  5. ^ "The Hon. Reba Paige Meagher (1967- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  6. ^ "I was offered seat the night MP was shot: Reba Meagher". 8 November 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Hatzistergos
Minister for Health
2007–2008
Succeeded by
John Della Bosca
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Newman
Member for Cabramatta
1994–2008
Succeeded by
Nick Lalich