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Amanda Fazio

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Preceded by  Peter Primrose
Name  Amanda Fazio
Succeeded by  Don Harwin
Role  Legislator
Preceded by  Don Harwin
Party  Australian Labor Party
Website  Parliamentary webpage

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Born  23 August 1954 (age 61) New South Wales (1954-08-23)
Political party  Labor 2000–2010 Independent 2010 Labor 2010–2015

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Amanda Ruth Fazio (born 23 August 1954), an Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council representing the Australian Labor Party from 2000 to 2015. Fazio was President of the Legislative Council from 24 November 2009 to 3 May 2011, and since 3 May 2011 has been opposition whip in the Council.


Early years and background

Fazio was born to Vince and Ruth Fazio, and grew up in Cabramatta, Nowra and Taree. Educated at Taree Primary School and Cabramatta West Primary School, she later attended Cabramatta High School and then attended the MLC School at Burwood before becoming a Commonwealth public servant. Fazio joined the Australian Labor Party in February 1977 at the Enfield branch and worked for Australian federal politicians Leo McLeay and Stephen Martin.

Political career

Fazio was preselected to fill the vacancy in the Legislative Council in July 2000 caused by the resignation of Jeff Shaw, and was appointed a Member of the Council on 30 August 2000. She was re-elected at the 2007 state election from the seventh place on the Labor Party ticket.

Between 2003 and 2009, Fazio served as Deputy President and Chair of Committees and on a number of Council committees before being elected as President of the Legislative Council on 24 November 2009.

On 20 October 2010, Fazio was suspended from the Labor Party when she crossed the floor to vote with the NSW Greens on a bill dealing with the distribution of X-rated pornography. Her suspension was lifted in late March 2011.

Fazio did not seek Labor preselection for the 2015 state election.


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