Rose Jackson (politician)
|Councillor at Waverley Municipal Council|
20 Sep 2008 – 8 Sep 2012
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
Rose Jackson is a former Councillor for Waverley Council in Sydney, Australia. She was the former President of the Australian National Union of Students. She formerly worked part-time for New South Wales Minister for Education Verity Firth.
Early life and education
Jackson was the President of the Australian National Union of Students (NUS) for 2006 and was a former President and Women's Officer of the University of Sydney Students' Representative Council.
Formerly she was also a member of the National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS), prior to the merger of that faction with Australian Labor Students in late 2005 (leading to the formation of the National Labor Students faction). She was previously a member of Young Labor (the youth wing of the Australian Labor Party) and served as a left-wing executive on its NSW branch.
On 21 November 2007, it was alleged Jackson had "espoused anti-Zionism" during her tenure in the NUS. The Australian reported on its front page  a leaked email which Jackson had addressed to "Dear Activists", stating "I oppose Zionism because it calls for the creation of a Jewish state, and I think all governments should be secular". The incident attracted significant media coverage because of Jackson's role as a staffer for candidate George Newhouse whose electorate of Wentworth has the highest Jewish population of any in Australia. The Australian Jewish News said Jackson's comments "attacked the heart and soul of every Jewish voter". Jackson said she had not understood the definition of Zionism at the time she wrote the email, saying "I support Israel."
In September 2008, Jackson was elected as a Councillor to Waverley local council. She also gained media attention in 2008 following her appearance on the ABC's Q&A program during which she confused the concept of Pavlovian conditioning for pavlova, a type of dessert."
- "Energy and charisma may take Jackson to a council seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2008.
- (28 April 2005). The World Today. ABC Radio. URL accessed 10 August 2006.
- Newhouse and Wentworth: where did it go wrong? (29 November 2007)
- "The Australian".
- Newhouse staffer in anti-Zionist row - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- "Newhouse no to Laws over letter". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 November 2007.
- "Food for though bites aspiring candidate on the derriere". The Australian. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2012.