Victor Dominello

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The Honourable
Victor Dominello
MP
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Ryde
Assumed office
28 October 2008
Preceded by John Watkins
Majority 11.5 points (2015)
Minister for Finance, Services and Property
Assumed office
30 January 2017
Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded by Dominic Perrottet
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
In office
2 April 2015 – 30 January 2017
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by Matthew Mason-Cox (as Minister for Fair Trading)
John Hatzistergos (as Minister for Regulatory Reform)
Succeeded by Matt Kean
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
In office
3 April 2011 – 2 April 2015
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Mike Baird
Preceded by Paul Lynch
Succeeded by Leslie Williams
Minister for Citizenship and Communities
In office
3 April 2011 – 2 April 2015
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Mike Baird
Preceded by John Hatzistergos
(as Minister for Citizenship)
Succeeded by John Ajaka
(as Minister for Multiculturalism)
Personal details
Born (1967-07-30) 30 July 1967 (age 49)
Ryde, New South Wales
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Residence Meadowbank, New South Wales
Profession Solicitor
Website Parliamentary webpage

Victor Michael Dominello MP (born 30 July 1967 in Ryde, New South Wales), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Finance, Services and Property in the since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government.[1] Dominello is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Ryde for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2008.

He has previously served as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation between April 2015 and January 2017 in the second Baird government;[2] as the Minister for Citizenship, Communities and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs between 2011 and 2015, and the Minister for Veterans Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education between 2014 and 2015, in the O'Farrell and first Baird governments.[3][4] After a career as a solicitor and local councillor, Dominello was elected to the Parliament of New South Wales following a Ryde by-election triggered by the resignation of his predecessor John Watkins. The by-election saw Dominello receive a two-party swing of 23.1 points.[5] Dominello increased his margin at the 2011 election;[6] however the margin was reduced to 11.5 points at the 2015 state election.[7]

Early life and career[edit]

Dominello was born at Ryde Hospital and was educated at Holy Spirit School, North Ryde, and Marist College Eastwood. He then went on to study law at Macquarie University. In 1991, Dominello was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia after taking the solicitor's admission board examinations. In one of his first cases, Dominello represented applicants in the Maralinga cases, who sought compensation following the findings made by the Royal Commission into British nuclear tests in Australia. Dominello successfully obtained an order that the limitation period be significantly extended to enable the applicants' claims to be maintained.[8]

In 1994, Dominello commenced employment with Etheringtons Solicitors of North Sydney, and in 2000, became a partner. In 2000, he represented applicants in complex proceedings in the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales, where staff members sought damages against members of Parliament and the Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for unfair contract.[9] Following his election to the Parliament of New South Wales in October 2008, Dominello stepped down as partner at Etheringtons.

Political career[edit]

Local government[edit]

He joined the Liberal Party in the early 1990s, and in 1995 Dominello was elected as a councillor for the City of Ryde. While on Council, Dominello was chair of a number of committees including the development committee and had a significant involvement in the establishment of the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre and the development of the Macquarie Business Park. Dominello served two terms, but did not nominate for the 2004 local government elections, citing his desire to concentrate on his legal career, and subsequently let his Liberal membership lapse.[10]

New South Wales politics[edit]

Victor Dominello posing with Andrew Stoner, NSW leader of The Nationals, Barry O'Farrell, NSW Opposition Leader and Gladys Berejiklian, Shadow Minister for Transport.
NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell celebrates the 2008 Ryde by-election win with Victor Dominello and NSW deputy opposition leader Jillian Skinner.

On 3 September 2008, Labor Deputy Premier John Watkins, who was also the local Member for Ryde, resigned from parliament, resulting in the need for a by-election. Dominello nominated for preselection and won, defeating Ryde Mayor Vic Tagg and several other local party members. Although Ryde was on paper a safe Labor seat with a majority of 10 points, it was located in territory that had historically been marginal at the federal level. Additionally, the by-election came at a very bad time for the government, whose polling numbers had rapidly tailed off only a year after being re-elected. Dominello went into the contest as the overwhelming favourite to win. He duly defeated Labor candidate Nicole Campbell in a landslide, receiving a swing of more than 25 points on the day of the by-election. The swing, at the time the largest a sitting NSW government had ever suffered, turned Ryde into a safe Liberal seat in one stroke. He was subsequently sworn as a member of the Legislative Assembly in on 25 October 2008.[5][11]

Dominello was sworn in as a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 28 October 2008. Since then, he has spoken in Parliament about a number of local issues including the future of Ryde Hospital,[12] the Homebush V8 Supercar race[13][14] and the increase to the Parking Space Levy.[15]

Dominello employed his legal expertise in the examination of the government's covert search powers bill and discovered an omission in a section of the bill relating to the definition of serious offences.[16] As a result, the Opposition was able to have the bill amended in the Legislative Council to reflect the discovery.

Dominello won the seat in his own right at the 2011 state election, picking up a healthy swing of 12.7 points and increasing his vote to 75 percent, making Ryde the 10th-safest Liberal seat. Following the electoral victory of the O'Farrell government at that election, Dominello was appointed as the Minister for Citizenship, Communities and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.[17] Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[18] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[3] in April 2014 in addition to his existing responsibilities as a minister, Dominello was appointed as the Minister for Veterans Affairs and the Assistant Minister for Education.[4][19] Following the 2015 state election, Dominello was sworn in as the inaugural Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation in the second Baird government.[2] In 2017 Dominello was appointed as the Minister for Finance, Services and Property in the in the Berejiklian government.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The Hon. Victor Michael DOMINELLO, MP". Current members of parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "2008 Ryde by-election". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  6. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Ryde". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Green, Antony (9 April 2015). "Ryde". NSW Election 2015. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Maureen Mary Southworth v Commonwealth of Australia 1992 FCA 153 (9 April 1992)". 
  9. ^ "Frost v The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales 2000 NSWIRComm 70". 
  10. ^ Chang, Charis (1 October 2008). "Liberal back on the radar". Northern District Times. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Labor beating lawyer Victor Dominello for Ryde". Crikey. 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "Ryde Hospital". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 12 March 2009. 
  13. ^ "Homebush Motor Racing (Sydney 400) Bill 2008". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 3 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "Homebush Motor Racing (Sydney 400) Bill 2008". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 3 December 2008. 
  15. ^ "Parking Space Levy Bill 2009". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 24 March 2009. 
  16. ^ "Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment (Search Powers) Bill 2009". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 11 March 2008. 
  17. ^ "New faces in Barry O'Farrell's Cabinet". The Australian. AAP. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
John Watkins
Member for Ryde
2008 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Dominic Perrottet
Minister for Finance, Services and Property
2017 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Matthew Mason-Cox
as Minister for Fair Trading
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
2015 – present
Succeeded by
Matt Kean
Vacant
Title last held by
John Hatzistergos
as Minister for Regulatory Reform
Preceded by
John Hatzistergos
as Minister for Citizenship
Minister for Citizenship and Communities
2011 – 2015
Succeeded by
John Ajaka
as Minister for Multiculturalism
Preceded by
Paul Lynch
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
2011 – 2015
Succeeded by
Leslie Williams
Vacant
Title last held by
Frank Terenzini
as Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans Affairs
Minister for Veterans Affairs
2014 – 2015
Succeeded by
David Elliott
Vacant
Title last held by
Kerry Chikarovski
Assistant Minister for Education
2014 – 2015
Succeeded by
Leslie Williams