Sally Talbot

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Dr Sally Talbot

Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for South West Region
Assumed office
22 May 2005
Personal details
Sally Elizabeth Talbot

(1953-03-22) 22 March 1953 (age 66)
London, England, United Kingdom
Political partyLabor
EducationRoyal College of Music
Murdoch University

Sally Elizabeth Talbot (born 22 March 1953) is an Australian politician. She has been a Labor Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Council since 2005, representing the region of South West.


Talbot came from a family active in the British Labour Party where politics was actively discussed and engaged in.[1] At 16 she finished her secondary schooling and attended the Royal College of Music in London, specialising in the cello. She spent the next 15 years working as a musician,[2] however she said her life always turned back to her interest in politics.[3]

While attending Murdoch University in Perth in 1983, she joined the staff as a federal member of parliament, her first formal job in politics. In 2001 she became the Assistant Secretary of the Labor Party, a position she held until 2005. It was in this role that she discovered the importance of engaging ordinary citizens in politics to create a better community, thus it was important to have active and healthy political parties.[3] She left her staff role with the party to become a member of parliament, and later as the first President of the Western Australian branch of the Labor Party to be elected by popular ballot in 2008.[2]


  1. ^ Making a Difference – A Frontier of Firsts, Parliament of Western Australia.
  2. ^ a b "Sally Talbot MLC SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT; CLIMATE CHANGE; LANDS; YOUTH; PEEL Member for South West Region". Letter of the Opposition. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Megan (3 July 2007). "Sally Talbot: Life and Politics". Retrieved 4 April 2012.

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