Sandra Nori

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Sandra Nori
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for McKell
In office
19 March 1988 – 3 May 1991
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by District abolished
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Port Jackson
In office
25 May 1991 – 2 March 2007
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by District abolished
Minister for Tourism
In office
8 April 1999 – 2 April 2003
Preceded by Bob Debus
Succeeded by merged portfolio
Minister for Small Business
In office
8 April 1999 – 2 April 2003
Preceded by New portfolio
Succeeded by David Campbell
Minister for Women
In office
11 July 2002 – 2 April 2007
Preceded by Faye Lo Po'
Succeeded by Verity Firth
Minister for Tourism and Sport and Recreation
In office
2 April 2003 – 2 April 2007
Preceded by merged portfolio
Succeeded by Matt Brown
Personal details
Born Sandra Christine Nori
(1953-06-16) 16 June 1953 (age 63)
Newcastle, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Politician
Profession Health care worker and research officer
Website Parliamentary website

Sandra Christine Nori (born 16 June 1953 in Newcastle, New South Wales) is a former Australian politician and presently a company director and Member of Macquarie University Council.

Nori was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electoral districts of McKell (1988–1991) and Port Jackson (1991–2007) for the Australian Labor Party. She served in a range of ministerial portfolios between 1999 and 2007. Since leaving politics, Nori has been appointed to a number of roles as a non-executive director.

Early years and background[edit]

Nori was born in Newcastle, of Italian parents. She was educated at Petersham Girls High School and University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Economics.[1] Nori was formerly married to Senator John Faulkner and together they have two children.[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

A member of the Australian Labor Party, Nori represented two electorates successively: the newly created electorate of McKell between 1988 and 1991 (which was abolished at the 1991 state election; and the newly created electorate of Port Jackson between 1991 and 2007 (which was again abolished at the 2007 state election).[1]

In the battle for re-election as the Member for McKell at the 1988 state election, Nori defeated independent candidate, Frank Sartor.[3] Sartor went on to join the Labor Party, represent the electorate of Rockdale, and become a senior Labor minister.

She was Minister for Small Business from April 1999 to April 2003, and was Minister for Tourism (later Tourism and Sport and Recreation) from April 1999 and Minister for Women from 2002 until her retirement from parliament in March 2007.[1]

Controversy[edit]

At some stage during the early 1990s, Nori was in a relationship with Paul Gibson, who was at that time Labor member for Londonderry. Following Nori's departure from politics in 2007, allegations arose that Gibson was involved in an alleged incident causing criminal assault. These allegations were raised with Premier Iemma by another Member of Parliament. The alleged victim of the assault was Gibson's former partner, Nori.[4][5] Iemma referred the matter to the NSW Police for investigation.[6] The Police investigation determined that, due to insufficient evidence, there was no case to arrest or charge Gibson.

Career after leaving New South Wales parliament[edit]

In 2008, Nori was appointed to the Council of Macquarie University and also serves on the boards of the NSW TAFE Commission, Domain Resorts and Residences,[7] and Komosion, a digital marketing and website publishing software company.[8]

Nori is also a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Global Panel Foundation, a respected NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Hon. Sandra Christine Nori, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nori, Sandra (1953 - )". The Australian Women's Register. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "McKell - 1988". NSW Elections. Parliament of New South Wales. 1988. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Welch, Dylan (4 April 2007). "I've been to hell and back: Nori". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Welch, Dylan; Davies, Anne (5 April 2007). "Nori flies into eye of storm over MP's assault claims". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Davies, Anne (3 April 2007). "New minister dumped over assault claims". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Members of Council". Macquarie University Council. Macquarie University. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Hon Sandra Nori joins Komosion board" (Press release). Komosion. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
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