Rose Jackson (politician)

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Rose Jackson
Rose Jackson 2014
Councillor at Waverley Municipal Council
In office
20 Sep 2008 – 8 Sep 2012
Personal details
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.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jackson grew up in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and has Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.[1][3]

Student politics[edit]

Jackson was the President of the Australian National Union of Students (NUS) for 2006[4] and was a former President and Women's Officer of the University of Sydney Students' Representative Council.[4][5]

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).[citation needed] 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.[4]


For the 2007 Federal Election, Rose was the Campaign Director for Labor's Candidate for the marginal Sydney seat of Wentworth, George Newhouse.

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 [6] 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".[6] Jackson said she had not understood the definition of Zionism at the time she wrote the email, saying "I support Israel."[7][8][9]

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."[10]

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) journalist Liz Jackson.[4] Her father is film maker and journalist Martin Butler.[citation needed]

Jackson describes herself as a feminist.[4]