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Sharon Bird

Minister for Regional Development
In office
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Preceded byAnthony Albanese (as Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
Succeeded byWarren Truss (as Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development)
Minister for Regional Communications
In office
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Preceded byNew portfolio
Succeeded byFiona Nash
Minister for Road Safety
In office
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Preceded byCatherine King
Succeeded byJamie Briggs (as Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development)
Minister for Higher Education and Skills
In office
25 March 2013 – 1 July 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Preceded byNew portfolio
Succeeded bySussan Ley (as Assistant Minister for Education)
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cunningham
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded byMichael Organ
Personal details
Sharon Leah Reed

(1962-11-15) 15 November 1962 (age 58)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Domestic partnerGino Mandarino
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
University of Wollongong

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 before 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.[1]

Political career

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

On 2 March 2012, Bird was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills,[5] and was promoted as Minister for Higher Education and Skills in a rearrangement of the Second Gillard Ministry on 25 March 2013.[6] 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.[7]

Bird is a supporter of same-sex marriage, voting in favour on the issue 3 times.[8][9][10]

See also


  1. ^ "The Hon Sharon Bird MP". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  2. ^ Bennett, Scott (11 November 2002). "The Cunningham by-election 2002". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007.
  3. ^ Green, Antony (19 November 2007). "Cunningham – Federal Election 2007". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  4. ^ House of Representatives 2004 – Cunningham, Australian Electoral Commission, 2005
  5. ^ "Changes to the Ministry". Press office (Press release). Prime Minister of Australia. 2 March 2012. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Changes to the Ministry". Press office (Press release). Prime Minister of Australia. 25 March 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Second Rudd Ministry" (PDF). Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ [3]

External links

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Michael Organ
Member for Cunningham
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Albanese
as Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
Minister for Regional Development
Succeeded by
Warren Truss
as Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
New ministerial post Minister for Regional Communications
Title next held by
Fiona Nash
Preceded by
Catherine King
Minister for Road Safety
Succeeded by
Jamie Briggs
as Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
New ministerial post Minister for Higher Education and Skills
Title next held by
Sussan Ley
as Assistant Minister for Education
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