Shaoquett Moselmane

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The Honourable
Shaoquett Moselmane
Member of Legislative Council of New South Wales
Assumed office
3 December 2009
Preceded by Henry Tsang
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Konin, Lebanon
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Mika Fukuta Moselmane
Children 1 (m)
Alma mater The University of Sydney
Macquarie University
University of New South Wales
Occupation Solicitor

Parliamentary webpage

Personal webpage

Shaoquett Chaher Moselmane (born 1965[2]), an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2009, representing the Australian Labor Party.

Early years and background[edit]

Moselmane was born in Konin, southern Lebanon. [3] He arrived in Australia from Lebanon in 1977 together with his parents, Chaher Mouslimani and Jawaher Mohanna Mouslimani, and ten other brothers and sisters. He attended Rockdale Public School and James Cook Boys' High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (politics and government administration) from the University of Sydney. Obtaining a Master degree in politics from Macquarie University, Moselmane went on to complete a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.[2] In 1999, Moselmane commenced practicing law as a solicitor.

In 1995, Moselmane was elected to Rockdale City Council in Sydney's south and served as mayor from 2001 to 2003, from 2005 to 2006, and again in 2009 until his appointment to the Legislative Council. Moselmane retired from Rockdale Council at the 2012 NSW Local Government Elections.[4]

Political career[edit]

Moselmane was appointed to the Legislative Council on 3 December 2009, to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Henry Tsang, [4] and is the first Muslim member of the New South Wales Parliament.[1]

In September 2012, Moselmane instituted the Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards,[4] and in June, 2014, he launched the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards.[5]

In May 2017, Moselmane was one of three Labor MPs to vote with the Liberal Party and National Party to block a bill to decriminalise abortion in the state.[6]


  1. ^ a b Santow, Simon (23 November 2009). "New South Wales set to elect first Muslim MP". The World Today. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Maiden Speech" (PDF). Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "SPECIAL ADJOURNMENT" (PDF). p. 20933. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane, MLC". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2009-12-10.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "nswpl" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ Conimos, Anna (9 July 2014). "Future Ancients". Neos Kosmos. 
  6. ^ Coade, Melissa (12 May 2017). "NSW Parliament votes to keep abortion in Crimes Act". Lawyers Weekly.