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Adam Searle

Adam Searle Conference 2015 (cropped).jpg
Adam Searle MLC addresses NSW Labor conference 2015
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council (New South Wales)
In office
5 May 2015 – 8 June 2021
Preceded byLuke Foley
Succeeded byPenny Sharpe
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council (New South Wales)
In office
14 Jun 2011 – 6 Mar 2015
Preceded byLuke Foley
Succeeded byWalt Secord
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Assumed office
24 May 2011
Preceded byJohn Hatzistergos
Personal details
Political partyLabor Party

Adam Searle is an Australian politician. He has been a Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since May 2011. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council of New South Wales between April 2015 and June 2021. He is the opposition spokesman and Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources & Energy and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations.

Early life

Searle was born in Sydney and raised on the far north coast of NSW. He returned to Sydney to complete school and attended Sydney University.


Searle joined the Australian Labor Party in 1985 and has been an active member since, holding various positions at branch and electorate council levels. He has frequently been a delegate to the NSW Annual Conference and in 2004 was a delegate to the National Conference.

He served on Blue Mountains City Council from September 1999 and was Mayor from September 2008 until September 2010. In the 2001 federal election, Searle unsuccessfully contested the federal electorate of Macquarie.

Searle worked for NSW Labor in opposition from 1994-1995 and as Chief of Staff to NSW Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations, the Hon. J.W Shaw QC MLC from 1995 to 2000. Adam worked on the Industrial Relations Act 1996, which was used as a model by other State Labor governments. He was also involved in significant law reform across a range of areas such as anti-discrimination, occupational health and safety and special laws for those suffering asbestos and related illnesses to ensure they receive quick and fair trials.

In 2000, Searle commenced practicing law as a barrister in the areas of employment and industrial law and has been involved in a number of leading cases, including the pay equity case for childcare workers. He is still a member of the NSW Bar Association.

He was one of the expert panel of lawyers appointed by the NSW Government to examine the law relating to workplace deaths, which led to the enactment of legislation dealing specifically with workplace fatalities in 2005.

State parliament

In May 2011, Searle was elected to the NSW Legislative Council to fill a casual vacancy caused by the resignation of former NSW Attorney General, John Hatzistergos. He was soon after elected Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in the Legislative Council and took on the role of Shadow Minister for Small Business and Industrial Relations prior to his current leadership and portfolio responsibilities. In 2015, Searle became the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council.[1]

For a week in May and June 2021, Searle was interim party leader between Jodi McKay's resignation as leader and the subsequent leadership vote.[2] On 8 June 2021, Searle was replaced as Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council by Penny Sharpe.[3]

Personal life

Searle resides in the Blue Mountains and takes an active interest local affairs. He enjoys reading and bush walking.[1] He also is well known in the community for his chicken coop and free range egg production.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "The Hon. Adam SEARLE,  MLC". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Daley seeks second NSW Labor chance". 7News. 30 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Prue Car elected deputy NSW Labor leader". 7News. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021.


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