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The Hon. Rachel Victoria MERTON, MLC

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Member of the Legislative Council
Member of the Liberal Party
Term of service expires 59th Parliament (07 Mar 2031)
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Member of the Legislative Council
A The Hon. Rachel Merton, MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
P (02) 9230 2676
E [email protected]

Parliamentary Activity
Current Positions
Position Start Notes
Substitute Member, Portfolio Committee No. 8 - Customer Service 13 Sep 2023 Pounds in New South Wales
Member, Committee on the Ombudsman, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission and the Crime Commission 29 Jun 2023
Deputy Chair, Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education 08 Jun 2023
Member, Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education 16 May 2023
Member, Standing Committee on Social Issues 16 May 2023
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 25 Mar 2023
About the Electorate

Political Party Activity

Member, Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) since 1991

Mosman Branch Delegate to Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) Women's Council

Past Delegate to Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) State Council

Past President, Macquarie University Liberal Club

Past President, Baulkham Hills Young Liberals

Past Treasurer, Baulkham Hills SEC

Past Delegate, Australian Liberal Students' Federation

Liberal candidate, Electorate of Wentworthville, March 1999 NSW State Election

Community Activity

Member, Australian Monarchist League

Member, Institute of Public Affairs

Member, Samuel Griffith Society

Member, Country Women’s Association NSW

Member, North Sydney District Rugby League Football Club

Parishioner, St Augustine's Church, Neutral Bay 

Volunteer, Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

Past Delegate, National Union of Students

Past Councillor, Macquarie University Students' Council

Local Government Activity

Military Service

Honours Received


Married to Justin Owen with two daughters, Amelia and Alexandra 

Daughter of WA Merton AM, Member of the Legislative Assembly 1988-2011 

Qualifications, Occupations and Interests


Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon  



Deputy Chief of Staff, NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services 2022-2023

Board Member, Australian Classification Board 2019-2022

Head of Government Relations, KPMG Australia 2008-2018

Senior Manager, Government Relations - Risk Management, KPMG Australia 2005-2008

Chief of Staff to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer 2003-2004

Chief of Staff to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Community Services 2001-2003

Adviser, Federal Member for Parramatta 1998-2001 Account Executive, Hill+Knowlton 1997-1998



Equestrian. Grazier and Pastoralist. Ballet and Theatre.    


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