Greg Donnelly is a Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, entering the upper house in February 2005. He was re-elected at the March 2011 state election. He is currently the Deputy Opposition Whip in the Legislative Council. He is the Chair of Portfolio Committee No. 2 and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Issues and the Regulation Committee. He is also a member of the Public Accountability Committee, Privileges Committee, the Committee on Children and Young People, the Select Committee on the Legislative Council Committee System and the Select Committee on Human Trafficking.
Prior to entering the NSW Legislative Council in February 2005, Greg was a full-time official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association NSW Branch (Shop Assistants Union). He commenced with the union in 1986 and worked in a number of roles including branch secretary for nine years before entering Parliament. Greg graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Economics (1983) and a Master of Industrial Relations (1986). He completed the Harvard Trade Union Program in 1992.
He has been a member of the ALP NSW Branch since 1986. He has served on a number of policy committees and the Administrative Committee. He has been a delegate to several ALP NSW Branch and National Conferences. Greg serves as a delegate from NSW to the National Council of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association. He is also a member of the University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney) Arts & Science Advisory Board.
Greg’s policy areas of interest include family and life issues, children and young people, employment and workplace relations, human rights, biotechnology, palliative care and education.
Greg is married to Gaynor and they have three children, Matthew, Lucy and Joe. His sister Jane and her family, along with his mother Betty, live in Western Australia.
First speech, 06 April 2005: