Wendy Machin

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Wendy Machin
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Gloucester
In office
12 October 1985 – 22 February 1988
Preceded by Leon Punch
Succeeded by Abolished
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
In office
19 March 1988 – 3 May 1991
Preceded by Recreated
Succeeded by Abolished
Constituency Manning
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
In office
25 May 1991 – 28 August 1996
Preceded by Bruce Jeffery
Succeeded by Rob Oakeshott
Constituency Port Macquarie
Personal details
Born (1958-10-14) 14 October 1958 (age 58)
Wingham, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party The Nationals
Alma mater New South Wales Institute of Technology
Occupation Consultant

Wendy Machin (born 14 October 1958 in Wingham, New South Wales),[1] was the president of the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA). She was the first woman member of the Nationals elected to the New South Wales Parliament and was Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Roads and Assisting the Minister for Transport between 1993–1995.[2]

Early life[edit]

Machin studied at Wingham High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) at the New South Wales Institute of Technology[2] She also holds a Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.[2][3][4]

Political career[edit]

Machin worked for the Young National Party as a field organiser, serving on its State Executive, and as Communications Officer for the National Party of Australia from 1981-82.[1][2] In 1983 she was elected to North Sydney Municipal Council an independent alderman at age 25, serving until 1985 when she contested a by-election for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Gloucester on 12 October.[1][2][4]

Winning the safe National Party seat, she became the first woman to represent the National Party in the Legislative Assembly.[2] She founded her company Machin Consulting in the same year.

Her original seat of Gloucester was abolished before the 1988 state election, so she stood for the newly recreated seat of Manning which covered the a portion of the same area. Manning was subsequently abolished and she won the seat of Port Macquarie at the 1991 state election.

Machin was Deputy Speaker and became the first woman to chair the New South Wales Parliament.[5] She appointed Minister for Consumer Affairs in the coalition government of John Fahey on 26 May 1993.[2][5]

The election of the Carr Labor government in 1995 saw the coalition in opposition. Machin was appointed shadow minister for Consumer Affairs, Roads and Fisheries until she resigned from Parliament on 28 August 1996 after the birth of her second child.[3] Her resignation prompted the 1996 Port Macquarie by election, won by then National Party member Rob Oakeshott.[2][6]

Post-parliamentary career[edit]

Machin became the President of Save the Children Fund NSW in 1996, remaining in that position until 2000, as well as serving on the National Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.[3][4][5][7]

Between 1997 and 2000 Machin was the Deputy Chair of the Australian Republican Movement.[2][4] She was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in February 1998, elected by a voluntary ballot run by the Australian Electoral Commission [8][9]

In 2005, Machin was elected to the board of the NRMA [10] to represent the Coghlan region, which stretches from the Hunter River to the Queensland border. Following her re-election to the NRMA board on 8 December 2008, Machin became President on 10 December until November 2014.[4][7]

Private life[edit]

Wendy Machin married David Bell, the former chief executive of the Australian Bankers' Association, a former senior executive at Westpac, and who is now the CEO of the Actuaries Institute, on 20 July 1991 and they have 3 children; James, Georgia and Emma.[1][2][3][4] Her only sibling, Janne, was left profoundly disabled after a difficult birth.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ms Wendy Susan MACHIN (1958 - )". Parliament of New South Wales. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Alumnae - Wendy Machin". Australian Women. National Foundation for Australian Women. 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Penny Wong on Q and A". Q&A website. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Machin elected NRMA president". Wingham Chronicle. Fairfax Media. 2008-12-16. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Alumnae - Wendy Machin". The Women's College. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  6. ^ "State Electoral District - Port Macquarie Results 1996 (byelection)". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  7. ^ a b "Board of Directors". NRMA website. National Roads and Motorists' Association. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Wendy Machin". On Line Opinion. The National Forum. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Delegate List". Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Wendy Machin appointed to NRMA board". NRMA website. National Roads and Motorists' Association. 2005-03-30. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  11. ^ Hannan, Liz (29 January 2011). "A can-do liberal at the wheel". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Leon Punch
Member for Gloucester
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member for Manning
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bruce Jeffery
Member for Port Macquarie
Succeeded by
Rob Oakeshott