The Hon. Marie Ann FICARRA, B.Sc.(Hons) MLC
Member of the Legislative Council
Member of the Liberal Party
Term of service expires 55th Parliament (6 March 2015)
|Member of the NSW Legislative Council||24 Mar 2007|| |
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||25 Mar 1995||5 Mar 1999||3yr(s) 11mth(s) 9day(s)|| |
|Parliamentary Secretary||4 May 2011||17 Apr 2014||2yrs 11mths 14days|| |
|Member, Health Care Complaints Commission Committee||1995||1999||4yrs 1day|| |
|Member for Georges River||25 Mar 1995||5 Mar 1999||3yr(s) 11mth(s) 9day(s)|| |
|Member, Standing Committee on Privacy||1 Dec 1996||1 Dec 1998||2yrs 1day|| |
|Parliamentary Information Technology Committee||1 Dec 1996||1 Dec 1998||2yr(s) 1day(s)|| |
|Member, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2||17 May 2011||14 May 2014||2yrs 11mths 28days||Elected Chair 30 May 2011|
|Member, Select Committee on greyhound racing in New South Wales||29 Aug 2013||14 May 2014||8mths 16days|| |
|Member, Select Committee into the Closure of the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre of Excellence||28 Jun 2012||23 Oct 2012||3mths 26days||Elected Deputy Chair 29 June 2012|
|Member, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2||29 May 2007||4 Mar 2011||3yrs 9mths 4days|| |
|Member, Standing Committee on Social Issues||29 May 2007||4 Mar 2011||3yrs 9mths 4days|| |
|Shadow Minister for Environment||1998||1999||1yr 1day|| |
Political Party Activity - Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier since May 2011. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Opposition Leader, 2009-2011. First woman to have served in the Legislative Assembly and then the Legislative Council. Elected to New South Wales State Executive 2005. Sylvania Waters Branch Vice-President 1999-2004, 2006-2007, President 2004-2006. St George Business Branch Member 1980-1999, Secretary 1984. Delegate to New South Wales State Council 1998-1999. Member of Coalition Committees for Urban Affairs and Planning (Chair), Health, Environment and Aboriginal Affairs 1995-1999. Patron of Sydney University Liberal Club 1997-1999.
Community Activity - Past President and Life Member of Georges River Community Service. 1980 - Former Vice-President Georges River Penshurst Cricket Association and St Georges Umpires League. Member of Baden Powell Scouting Association of Australia. 1995-1999 - Former Patron Bamabara District Scouts; 1st Hurstville Scouts; Australian Air League; Peakhurst Girls Squadron; Sydney All Breeds Dog Training Club; South Hurstville Returned Serviceman's Leagues Youth Club; Peakhurst Amateur Swimming Club Inc; Kogarah Meals on Wheels. Chair, St George Emergency Services Committee. 1990-1992 - Member New South Wales Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee. 1996-1999 - Associated with numerous community sporting and ethnic groups within the St George and Sutherland area and the Australian-Italian community.
Local Government Activity - Councillor, Hurstville City Council 1980-1995. Deputy Mayor 1983-1985, Mayor 1990-1992. Life member Australian Local Government Women's Association, Treasurer 1991-1993, President 1994-1996. Minister's appointed Member, New South Wales Urban Planning Committee 1988-1991; Minister's appointed Member, Board of Waste Services of New South Wales 1993-1995. Chair (and leader of delegation) Hurstville-Changshou Sister City Association 1992-1994.
Personal - Daughter of Anthony Ficarra and Rosaria Ficarra. Married to Dr Alan Carless
Qualifications, Occupations and Interests - Educated at Beverly Hills Girls High School 1971, then University of Sydney B.Sc. (Hons) 1975. Tutor in Histology and Physiology at University of Sydney 1975-1979. Representative, Trainer and New South Wales Manager, Hoechst Australia (Pharmaceuticals) 1979-1995; General Manager, Cytec (Australia) Pty Ltd, Australia and New Zealand 1999-2005. Principal Adviser, Government Affairs, Merck, Sharp and Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd 2005-2006. Recreations include travel, politics, reading, theatre, cinema, swimming, bush walking and enjoying life.
First speech, 5 June 2007:
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