|Preceded by Michael Organ|
Preceded by Anthony Albanese
Name Sharon Bird
|Succeeded by Warren Truss|
Party Australian Labor Party
|Born 15 November 1962 (age 53)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia (1962-11-15) |
Alma mater University of Sydney University of Wollongong
Role Member of the Australian House of Representatives
Office Member of the Australian Parliament since 2004
Books Broadening the Debate: Inquiry Into the Role and Potential of the National Broadband Network
Education University of Wollongong, University of Sydney
Similar People Stephen Jones, Ryan Park, Noreen Hay, Concetta Fierravanti‑Wells
Political party Australian Labor Party
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Sharon Leah Bird (née Reed, born 15 November 1962) is an Australian politician. Bird is an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Cunningham in New South Wales since the 2004 election. Bird has been the Shadow Minister for Vocational Education since October 2013.
Background and early career
Bird was born in Wollongong, and was educated at the University of Sydney and the University of Wollongong. She was a TAFE and high-school teacher prior to entering politics. She worked as an electorate officer for Colin Hollis, the member for the adjoining seat of Throsby, and was then a Senior Project Officer with the New South Wales Department of Juvenile Justice. Bird was a member of the Shellharbour Council between 1991 and 1995.
Bird first contested the seat of Cunningham at the 2002 by-election held following the resignation of Labor's Stephen Martin. Despite Bird polling 38.13% of the primary vote, the Australian Greens' Michael Organ won the seat on a two-party-preferred basis.
Bird contested Cunningham again in the 2004 general election. Although she took a large early lead, she was unable to secure victory until Organ was eliminated and his preferences flowed overwhelmingly to her, allowing her to win on the 10th count.
On 2 March 2012, Bird was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, and was promoted as Minister for Higher Education and Skills in a rearrangement of the Second Gillard Ministry on 25 March 2013. In July 2013, Bird was appointed as the Minister for Regional Development, the Minister for Regional Communications and the Minister for Road Safety in the Second Rudd Ministry.
Sharon Bird is a supporter of same-sex marriage, voting in favour on the issue 3 times.