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Jacinta Collins

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Jacinta Collins
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Collins in March 2019
Senator for Victoria
In office
8 May 2008 – 15 February 2019
Preceded byRobert Ray
Succeeded byRaff Ciccone
In office
3 May 1995 – 30 June 2005
Preceded byOlive Zakharov
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
In office
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Preceded byMark Butler
Succeeded byKevin Andrews
Manager of Government Business in the Senate
In office
5 March 2012 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Preceded byJoe Ludwig
Succeeded byMitch Fifield
Personal details
Jacinta Mary Ann Collins

(1962-09-04) 4 September 1962 (age 59)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Alma materMonash University
La Trobe University
OccupationResearch officer

Jacinta Mary Ann Collins (born 4 September 1962) is a former Australian politician who served as a Senator for Victoria from 1995 to 2005 and again from 2008 to 2019. She represented the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and was the party's deputy leader in the Senate from June to October 2013. Collins was a parliamentary secretary in the Gillard Government and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing in the second Rudd Government. She retired from politics prior to the 2019 federal election and accepted an appointment as national executive director of the National Catholic Education Commission on 18 February 2019.[1]

Early life

Collins was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and educated at Monash University and La Trobe University. Before entering parliament, she was a social worker and union official and held several positions with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA), including as National Industrial Officer for five years.[citation needed]

Political career

Collins first entered parliament as a Senator for Victoria in 1995. She was appointed to the Senate to fill a casual vacancy caused by the death of Olive Zakharov. At the time, Collins was the only Victorian female Labor representative.

From October 1998 to November 2001, Collins was Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and Employment, Training and Population.

In 2003 Senator Collins was made the Shadow Minister for Children and Youth.

At the 2004 election, she lost her Senate seat to Steve Fielding of the Family First Party. In 2006 she was preselected for the number one spot on the Labor ticket in Victoria for the 2007 federal election, replacing Senator Robert Ray, who did not contest the election.

Collins was elected, and her term was due to start on 1 July 2008 when Ray's term expired. However, he resigned on 5 May 2008 and she was appointed to the casual vacancy. She was sworn into the Senate later that month.[2]

Collins was promoted to the Second Gillard Ministry as the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations on 14 September 2010. In March 2012, she became the first woman to be appointed Manager of Government Business in the Senate following the retirement of Senator Mark Arbib.[2]

On 26 June 2013, following the return of Rudd as leader, Collins was elected Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate by her parliamentary colleagues. She replaced Senator Penny Wong, who was elevated to Senate leader. This was the first all-female Senate Government leadership team.

Collins was active on many Senate committees, including:

  • Chair of the Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee
  • Chair of the Economics References Committee
  • Chair of the Privileges Committee

In January 2019, Collins announced that she would not contest the next election, citing "family health issues" for her decision to quit politics.[3] She resigned from the Senate on 15 February 2019, and was announced as the new head of the National Catholic Education Commission on the same day.[4] She commenced her role on the 18 February 2019.[1]

On 12 Oct 21, she was mentioned in a corruption hearing in Victoria, Australia. [5]


  1. ^ a b "Jacinta Collins Appointed Executive Director".
  2. ^ a b "Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins". Parliament of Australia: Senators and Members. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  3. ^ Lewis, Rosie (16 January 2019). "Labor senator Jacinta Collins quits politics". The Australian. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Catholic education role for Labor senator". 15 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Branch stacking inquiry". 12 October 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.

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