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|Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council|
22 March 2003 – 6 September 2010
|Born||12 July 1942|
|Political party||Greens New South Wales|
|Website||Sylvia Hale MLC|
Sylvia Phyllis Hale (born 12 July 1942) is an Australian social justice, community and environmental campaigner, and a former politician. She was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 2003 to 2010 for the Greens.
Hale graduated from The University of Sydney in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education; and graduated from the University of NSW in 1998 with a LLB. In 1961, while at Sydney University, Hale was the President of the Sydney University Labor Club.
In 1965 she and her husband, Roger Barnes, established specialist book printers, Southwood Press. In 1977 she, Barnes and John Iremonger started the independent publishing company, Hale and Iremonger.
After the proposed construction of the third runway at Sydney Airport in 1994, she became a member of No Aircraft Noise Party. She was later elected a councillor on Marrickville Council in 1995 for No Aircraft Noise. She joined the Greens in 2000 and continued to serve on Marickville Council until 2004.
She was elected to the upper house of the New South Wales parliament in 2003.
In 2010, Hale announced that she would be retiring from the Upper House at the next year's state election to seek preselection for the state seat of Marrickville. She however failed to win her party's endorsement, losing 15-14 to local councillor Fiona Byrne. She eventually resigned her seat in September 2010 to allow her preselected replacement, David Shoebridge, to contest the upcoming election as a sitting MP.
After leaving politics, Hale became a spokeswoman for Welcome to Palestine, and was briefly detained by Israeli authorities at Tel Aviv airport.
- "Ms Sylvia Phyllis HALE, BA LLB DipEd (1942 - )". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
- NSW Hansard, 25 October 1961
- "Award honours man of passion" in Festival News: The Newsletter of the Sydney Writers' Festival
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- "Greens MP to step down on Monday". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
- "Ex-Green MP released from Israel detention".
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