- Parliamentary service
- State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Canterbury, 2003. Resigned 6.5.2016 to contest the House of Representatives division of Barton, New South Wales.
- Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Barton, New South Wales, 2016. Re-elected 2019.
- Committee service
- Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019.
- Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2018) from 26.3.2018 to 29.11.2018.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Shadow Minister for Human Services from 23.7.2016 to 21.8.2018.
- Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence from 28.6.2018 to 2.6.2019.
- Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services from 21.8.2018.
- Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians from 2.6.2019.
- Born 25.4.1957, Whitton, Australia
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
- DipT (Mitchell College of Advanced Education).
- Hon PhD (Mitchell College of Advanced Education).
- Teacher, Lethbridge Park Public School, 1979-81.
- Aboriginal Education Unit (Policy), NSW Department of Education, 1981-83.
- Executive Officer, NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (NSW AEGG Inc.), 1983-87.
- President, NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (NSW AEGG Inc.), 1988-98.
- Deputy Director General, NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs, 1998-99.
- Director General, NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs, 2000-03.
- Member, Legislative Assembly for Canterbury (NSW) 2003-2016.
- Local government service
- Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Canterbury, 2003. Resigned 6.5.2016 to contest the House of Representatives division of Barton, New South Wales.
- Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Minister for Education and Training from 24.8.2005 to 2.4.2007.
- Minister for Volunteering from 2.4.2007 to 5.9.2008.
- Minister for Youth from 2.4.2007 to 5.9.2008.
- Minister for Fair Trading from 2.4.2007 to 5.9.2008.
- Minister for Community Services from 8.9.2008 to 4.12.2009.
- Minister for Women from 14.9.2009 to 4.12.2009.
- Minister for the State Plan from 8.12.2009 to 28.3.2011.
- Minister for Community Services from 8.12.2009 to 28.3.2011.
- Shadow Minister for the Hunter from 11.3.2011 to 11.12.2013.
- Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation from 11.3.2011 to 11.12.2013.
- Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 8.4.2011 to 7.3.2016.
- Shadow Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Heritage from 11.4.2011 to 17.10.2012.
- Shadow Minister for the Central Coast from 11.4.2011 to 8.4.2015.
- Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services from 17.10.2012 to 8.4.2015.
- Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 17.10.2012 to 10.3.2016.
- Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education from 11.12.2013 to 8.4.2015.
- Leader of the Opposition from 5.1.2015 to 8.4.2015.
- Shadow Minister for Ageing and Disability Services from 6.1.2015 to 8.4.2015.
- Name: Barton
- Location: Barton covers an area from Canterbury Road, Sydenham Bankstown Railway and the Good Railway in the north, to the Illawarra Railway line, Jubilee Avenue, Princess Highway and President Avenue in the south, Kingsgrove Road, the M5 and King Georges Road in the west to Cooks River and Botany Bay in the east. The main suburbs include Bexley, Brighton-Le-Sands, Campsie (part), Canterbury (part), Carlton (part), Earlwood, Hurlstone Park (part), Hurstville, Kingsgrove (part), Kyemagh, Marrickville (part), Rockdale, Tempe and Wolli Creek.
- Area: 40 Sq km
- Electors enrolled: 108,992 (at 20.6.2019)
- Industries: Light manufacturing, commercial and retail industry, tourism, bakeries, chocolate making and health services.
- Department of School Education (NSW) Director General's Award for Outstanding Service to Public Schools, 1993.
- Centenary Medal, 01.01.2001.
- Honorary Doctorate, Charles Sturt University, 2002.
- Meritorious Service to 'Public Education and Training' Award, 2010.
- NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014.