Sylvia Hale

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Sylvia Hale
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Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
22 March 2003 – 6 September 2010
Personal details
Born (1942-07-12) 12 July 1942 (age 75)
Nationality Australian Australia
Political party Greens New South Wales
Alma mater
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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] In 1961, while at Sydney University, Hale was the President of the Sydney University Labor Club.[2]

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.[3]

Political career[edit]

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.[4] She eventually resigned her seat in September 2010 to allow her preselected replacement, David Shoebridge, to contest the upcoming election as a sitting MP.[5]

After politics[edit]

After leaving politics, Hale became a spokeswoman for Welcome to Palestine, and was briefly detained by Israeli authorities at Tel Aviv airport.[6]


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