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Jennie George - Member for Throsby

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Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Heritage

Jennie George - Member for Throsby

Parliament House

(02) 6277 4260
(02) 6277 8580

Throsby Electorate Office

2/1 Bong Bong Rd
Dapto, NSW, 2530
(02) 4262 6122
(02) 4262 6155

Postal Address:

PO Box 864
Dapto, NSW, 2527


Jennie came to Australia when she was three years old, as part of the wave of post-war immigration. She grew up in migrant hostels and her first home was a Housing Commission flat. She was educated at Burwood Girls High and won a scholarship to Sydney University where she studied to become a teacher. She was made a union representative at Bankstown Girls High and then became the first female secretary and later president of what is now the Teachers Federation. In 1983, she was elected as the first woman on the ACTU executive and became the first female full-time officer in 1991, as the assistant secretary. In March 2000, she stood down as president of the ACTU, having represented the union movement through the Howard-Reith regime, including the maritime dispute.

She has been a delegate to a number of state and national ALP Conferences and campaigned on behalf of ALP candidates in marginal seats in the last three Federal elections. Jennie has been involved with community groups in Throsby, on issues including industry policy, job creation; traineeships and the impact of the GST on pensioners/retirees and low income earners.

Electorate Profile

State: New South Wales

Name Derivation: Named after Dr Charles Throsby 1771-1828, a local pioneer who explored the area.

Area and Location Description: Throsby covers an area of approximately 387 sq km and extends from the Minnamurra River to Macquarie Pass near Robertson in the south and from the Avon River in the north to the Pacific Ocean, encompassing Port Kembla Harbour and BHP steel works. The main suburbs include Albion Park, Barrack Heights, Berkeley, Blackbutt, Cringila, Dapto, Farmborough Heights, Kembla Grange, Lake Illawarra, Oak Flats, Port Kembla, Shellharbour, Warilla, Warrawong, Horsley, Shell Cove and Unanderra.

Products/Industries of the Area: BHP continues to be the area's largest employer and wields much influence on the local economy. Mining, engineering, light and heavy manufacturing, transport, tourism and the building industry all play an important role in the economy of not only this division, but of the nation's entire southeastern seaboard. Significant in this regard are the Coal Loader and Grain Terminal located in Port Kembla's Inner Harbour.

First Proclaimed/Election: 1984

Demographic Rating: Provincial


  • GEORGE, J (ALP) 2001-
  • HOLLIS, C (ALP) 1984-2001