Steve Georganas

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Steve Georganas
MP
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hindmarsh
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded by Matt Williams
In office
9 October 2004 – 7 September 2013
Preceded by Christine Gallus
Succeeded by Matt Williams
Personal details
Born (1959-06-13) 13 June 1959 (age 57)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Wendy Georganas
Children George, Alex
Occupation Taxi driver, underwriter, policy advisor
Website Official Facebook Page

Steven "Steve" Georganas (born 13 June 1959) is an Australian politician and is the Australian Labor Party member for the House of Representatives seat of Hindmarsh in South Australia from the 2004 election until the 2013 election. He was re-elected at the 2016 election.

Background[edit]

Georganas was born in Adelaide of Greek parents. He gained a Business Studies Certificate at a TAFE college and worked as a taxi driver, an assembly-line worker in a factory, and an underwriter.[1][2] He worked as a ministerial adviser to South Australian government minister Jay Weatherill from 2002 to 2004.

Political career[edit]

Elections[edit]

Georganas was the Labor Party candidate for Hindmarsh at the 1998 federal election and the 2001 federal election, however was unsuccessful on both occasions.

At the 2004 federal election, Georganas defeated Liberal candidate Simon Birmingham, winning Hindmarsh by 108 votes. He was re-elected with increased majorities at the 2007 and 2010 federal elections.[3]

Georganas was defeated by Liberal candidate Matt Williams at the 2013 federal election when the Australian Labor Party lost government. Georganas was successful at recapturing the seat for Labor at the 2016 federal election.[4]

Policy positions[edit]

Georganas campaigned on noise reduction surrounding the Adelaide Airport,[5] and in 2007 introduced a Private member's bill to create an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.[6]

He is a prominent advocate for animal welfare and curtailing live animal exports, speaking at rallies and tabling motions in parliament calling for the practice to be condemned and fines to be imposed for animal cruelty.[7][8][9] He also campaigned for the super-trawler FV Margiris to be banned from fishing in Australia.[5]

Georganas voted in support of same-sex marriage in Australia when the issue was debated in parliament in 2013.[10]

He has also campaigned for a 'Do Not Knock' register to ban door-to-door salespeople from visiting registered properties,[11] and introduced a Private member's bill to create a register in 2012.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Georganas has lived in the electorate of Hindmarsh his entire life.[5] He is married to Wendy Georganas, and has two adult sons; George and Alex.[5]

He is a supporter of the West Adelaide Football Club, and a member of the club's board of directors.[13] He is also involved in numerous community organizations, including as president of his local Lions club, and as a board member of the Adelaide Greek Glendi Festival.[2]

Georganas is a monthly guest on community radio station 88.7 Coast FM where he discusses politics with the Thursday Magazine show's presenter, Dave Hearn.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hindmarsh - Australia Votes | Federal Election 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Steve Georganas". ALP.org.au. Australian Labor Party. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hindmarsh – Election 2010". The Tally Room. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  4. ^ Georganas elected unopposed: Neos Kosmos 3 September 2015
  5. ^ a b c d Novak, Lauren (10 October 2012). "MP Steve Georganas to be firm but fair in the chair". The Advertiser. 
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Business: Airport Development and Aviation Noise Ombudsman Bill 2007". Parliament of Australia. 
  7. ^ McGreggor, Ken (11 September 2012). "Urgent review of live export supply chain needed, says MP Steve Georganas". Herald Sun. 
  8. ^ "Thousands to rally against live exports with signs saying 'Come on Julia, don't be a chicken'". news.com.au. 6 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Hockley, Catherine (8 July 2011). "Labor backbenchers revolt over cattle trade resumption". The Advertiser. 
  10. ^ "Lower House votes down same-sex marriage bill". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  11. ^ "MP campaigns for do not knock register". ABC News. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  12. ^ "Parliamentary Business: Do Not Knock Register Bill 2012". Parliament of Australia. 
  13. ^ "Board Members | West Adelaide Football Club". westadelaidefc.com.au. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  14. ^ "Adelaide's Coast FM 88.7". www.coastfm.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Christine Gallus
Member for Hindmarsh
2004–2013 .
Succeeded by
Matt Williams
Preceded by
Matt Williams
Member for Hindmarsh
2016–present .
Incumbent