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Rose Jackson

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Rose Jackson member of the NSW Upper House
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Assumed office
8 May 2019
Preceded byLynda Voltz
Councillor of Waverley Council
for Lawson Ward
In office
13 September 2008 – 8 September 2012
President of the Evatt Foundation
Assumed office
15 October 2019
Personal details
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materUniversity of Sydney

Rose Jackson MLC is an Australian Labor Party politician serving as a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 8 May 2019. She is a former Secretary of the New South Wales Labor Left faction and the former Assistant General Secretary of NSW Labor. Jackson is a left member of NSW Labor calling on the party to legalise cannabis[1] and drug law reform. Jackson has also called for strong industrial relations reform, like criminalising wage theft, and criminal justice reform in NSW.[2]

Early life and education

Jackson is the daughter of the late Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Liz Jackson and film maker Martin Butler.[3]

Jackson grew up in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.[4][5]

Student politics

Jackson was heavily involved in Labor Left student politics. She was originally a member of the Sydney University Socialist Left faction, which was an affiliate of the National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS). In 2005 she served as President of the University of Sydney Students' Representative Council, where she gained national prominence for her part in organising the student campaign against the Howard government's Voluntary student unionism laws.[3][6]

In 2006 Jackson successfully advocated to re-unify both major Labor Left student factions, NOLS and the Victorian-based Australian Labor Students, and subsequently became the first National Labor Students President of the National Union of Students.[3]

After her involvement in student politics, she became the President of Young Labor Left and a member of the Young Labor State Executive.[3] During this time she worked as a political staffer for state Minister for Education Verity Firth.[4][7]


For the 2007 Federal Election, Rose was the campaign manager for Labor's Candidate for the marginal Sydney seat of Wentworth, George Newhouse.

On 21 November 2007, it was alleged Jackson had "espoused anti-Zionism" during her tenure in the NUS. The Australian reported on its front page[8] a leaked email which Jackson had addressed to "Dear Activists", stating "I oppose Zionism because it calls for the creation of a Jewish state, and I think all governments should be secular". The incident attracted significant media coverage because of Jackson's role as a staffer for candidate George Newhouse whose electorate of Wentworth has the highest Jewish population of any in Australia. The Australian Jewish News said Jackson's comments "attacked the heart and soul of every Jewish voter".[8] Jackson said she had not understood the definition of Zionism at the time she wrote the email, saying "I support Israel."[9][10][11]

In September 2008, Jackson was elected as a Councillor to Waverley local council. She also gained media attention in 2008 following her appearance on the ABC's Q&A program during which she confused the concept of Pavlovian conditioning for pavlova, a type of dessert.[12]

Jackson served as the National Political Coordinator of left-wing trade union United Voice until 2013, when she moved to a role as a campaign organiser at NSW Labor Office. She was the Secretary of the Labor Left faction from 2010 until 2016 and has been an Assistant General Secretary of NSW Labor and State Convenor of the New South Wales Labor Left faction since 2016.

Jackson was selected to fill the casual vacancy in the NSW state upper house, the NSW Legislative Council following Lynda Voltz's election to the NSW Legislative Assembly for the seat of Auburn and was appointed on 8 May 2019.[13]

In 2020 Jackson publicly announced her support for the legalisation of cannabis in NSW. Jackson was one of the first NSW Labor MPs to support the legalisation of cannabis after the ACT legalised cannabis.[1]


  1. ^ a b It's time to legalise cannabis, retrieved 21 May 2020
  2. ^ Jackson, Rose (5 June 2019). "First Speech in Parliament" (PDF). NSW Parliament Legislative Council Hansard: 1–5.
  3. ^ a b c d "Energy and charisma may take Jackson to a council seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^
  6. ^ (28 April 2005). The World Today. ABC Radio. Retrieved 10 August 2006.
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b Newhouse and Wentworth: where did it go wrong? (29 November 2007)
  9. ^ "Staffer lands Newhouse in row". The Australian. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Newhouse staffer in anti-Zionist row". ABC Online. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Newhouse no to Laws over letter". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 November 2007.
  12. ^ "Food for though bites aspiring candidate on the derriere". The Australian. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  13. ^ "The Hon. Rose Jackson, MLC". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
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