Ron Hoenig

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Ron Hoenig
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Heffron
Assumed office
25 August 2012
Preceded by Kristina Keneally
Personal details
Born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party
Residence Mascot, New South Wales
Profession Barrister

Ron Hoenig is an Australian barrister who served as Mayor of the City of Botany Bay in New South Wales from 1981 to 2012, a record 31 years, before standing down and winning 25 August Heffron by-election in state parliament for the Australian Labor Party.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Hoenig was a practising barrister and public defender, who acted as the counsel assisting the inquiry into the death of Dianne Brimble, where he made recommendations that up to three of the persons assisting the inquiry could face prosecution. He defended David Dinh, who was accused of killing New South Wales MP John Newman. Dinh was acquitted by a jury.

Hoenig later had to step back from performing public defender duties once he took office in the Legislative Assembly.[2]

Local council[edit]

After being elected as a councillor in 1980, Hoenig became Mayor in 1981 and was returned at each election since, becoming the longest serving Botany Bay council Mayor.[3] During his time as Mayor, Hoenig has campaigned on various issues such as the non-expansion of both the Botany Port and Sydney Airport.[4][5] He did not seek re-election at the 2012 local government elections.[6]

State parliament[edit]

Hoenig was preselected as the Labor candidate for 25 August 2012 Heffron by-election in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, following the parliamentary resignation of former Premier and state Labor MLA Kristina Keneally. Hoenig drew top spot on the ballot paper, with three other candidates from the CDP, Greens and Democrats.[1][7] The seat of Heffron takes in some of the local government areas of Botany Bay, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale and Sydney.[8]

Hoenig won with a 60 percent primary and 70 percent two-candidate-preferred vote.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hoenig's parents Ernest and Edith migrated to Australia after World War II. Edith was a Holocaust survivor born in Czechoslovakia and Ernest was born in Austria. Hoenig is married to Christine and has two sons; Benjamin and Matthew. Hoenig is a member of the Maroubra Synagogue.[10]


  1. ^ a b 2012 Heffron by-election: Antony Green ABC
  2. ^ "Brimble: Up to three may be charged". The Australian. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Councillor Ron Hoenig". City of Botany Bay. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  4. ^ Dempster, Quentin (11 July 2003). "Saving Port Kembla". Stateline. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  5. ^ Irvine, Jessica (13 February 2007). "Airport mall's future cloudy after veto". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  6. ^ "List of Candidates". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ron Hoenig, Labor candidate for Heffron". 6 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  8. ^ Heffron profile: NSW electoral commission
  9. ^ "Election Night: Two Candidate Preferred" (PDF). Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "State member candidate visits Jewish House". 1 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Jim Tobin
Mayor of Botany
City Proclaimed
New title
Council proclaimed
Mayor of Botany Bay
Succeeded by
Ben Keneally
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Kristina Keneally
Member for Heffron