Wade Noonan

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Wade Noonan
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Williamstown
In office
15 September 2007 – 24 November 2018
Preceded bySteve Bracks
Succeeded byMelissa Horne
Minister for Police
In office
4 December 2014 – 23 May 2016
Preceded byKim Wells (Police and Emergency Services)
Succeeded byLisa Neville
Personal details
Born (1971-04-07) 7 April 1971 (age 48)
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materSwinburne University of Technology

Wade Mathew Noonan (born 7 April 1971) is an Australian politician. He was a Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 2007 to 2018, representing the electorate of Williamstown. He has been a minister in the Andrews Ministry since December 2014; initially as Minister for Police and Minister for Corrections (2014–2016), and since May 2016 as Minister for Industry and Employment and Minister for Resources.

Noonan studied at Parade College and the Swinburne University of Technology. He worked as a travel manager for STA Travel from 1990 to 1996, before becoming involved in the union movement. He worked as an organiser for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association from 1996 to 2002, before shifting to the Transport Workers Union of Australia, where he became federal assistant secretary and federal organising and training officer. He remained in this role until his election to parliament.[1] Noonan's father, Bill Noonan, is a long-time TWU official and Victorian state secretary.[2]

In July 2007, Steve Bracks, the then Premier of Victoria and member for the safe Labor seat of Williamstown, suddenly announced his intention to retire from politics. Noonan emerged as an early favourite to win Labor preselection for the resulting by-election, and won the nomination after a deal to install television presenter Angela Pippos in the seat fell through.[2][3][4] He was elected on 15 September 2007, defeating Greens candidate, former City of Maribyrnong mayor and future Senator Janet Rice.[5]

On 8 February 2016, Noonan announced he would be taking a three-month leave of absence from his ministerial and parliamentary positions to undergo counselling due to exposure to traumatic incidents in his work as police minister.[6] In May 2016, he shifted ministries as a result, changing to Minister for Industry and Employment and Minister for Resources.[1] On 4 October 2017, Noonan announced he was resigning from cabinet and would retire from politics at the next election.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hon Wade Noonan". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Whinnett, Ellen. "Union heavy firms for seat". Herald Sun, 14 August 2007.
  3. ^ Whinnett, Ellen. "TV sports host pulls plug on Labor". Herald Sun, 16 August 2007.
  4. ^ Rood, David and Ker, Peter. "Noonan, Foley to run in byelections". Herald Sun, 23 August 2007.
  5. ^ Hannan, Ewin. "ALP in two by-election cakewalks". Herald Sun, 17 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Victorian Police Minister Wade Noonan steps down due to 'unexpected toll' of job". ABC News. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Employment Minister Wade Noonan steps down from Cabinet". ABC News. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Steve Bracks
Member for Williamstown
2007–2018
Succeeded by
Melissa Horne
Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Wells
as Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Minister for Police
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Lisa Neville
Preceded by
Edward O'Donohue
Minister for Corrections
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Steve Herbert
Preceded by
Lily D'Ambrosio
as Minister for Industry
Minister for Industry and Employment
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Ben Carroll
Preceded by
Lily D'Ambrosio
as Minister for Energy and Resources
Minister for Resources
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Tim Pallas