Katrina Hodgkinson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Honourable
Katrina Hodgkinson
Katrina Hodgkinson MP 17 Nov 10.jpg
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Cootamundra
In office
28 March 2015 – 1 September 2017
Preceded by Seat re-established
Succeeded by Steph Cooke
Majority 20.5 points (2015)
Minister for Primary Industries
In office
3 April 2011 – 6 March 2015
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Mike Baird
Preceded by Steve Whan
Succeeded by Niall Blair
Minister for Small Business
In office
3 April 2011 – 17 April 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Preceded by Frank Terenzini
Succeeded by Andrew Stoner
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Burrinjuck
In office
27 March 1999 – 6 March 2015
Preceded by Alby Schultz
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born Katrina Ann Hodgkinson
(1966-03-10) 10 March 1966 (age 52)
Yass, New South Wales[1]
Political party The Nationals
Spouse(s) Jack Saeck[2]
Children Two[3]
Website Parliamentary biography

Katrina Ann Hodgkinson (born 10 March 1966[1]) is a former Australian politician.[4] She was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing Cootamundra for The Nationals from 28 March 2015 to 1 September 2017, and Burrinjuck from 27 March 1999 to 27 March 2015.

Early years and background[edit]

Hodgkinson was educated at Canberra Girls' Grammar School and Narrabundah College, and Metropolitan Business College of New South Wales. She was a Technical and Further Education instructor from 1989 to 1991, owned a small business from 1989 to 1997 and worked for a property development company between 1996 and 1997. She was an adviser to Senator Nick Minchin, Minister for Industry, Science and Resources from 1997 to 1999.[1][5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 1995, Hodgkinson sought election to the seat of Southern Highlands in a three-cornered-contest. Despite scoring the highest number of primary votes, she was defeated on preferences[3] by the Liberals. In 1998 Alby Schultz, then Member for Burrinjuck, resigned from NSW Parliament and successfully contested the federal seat of Hume. Hodgkinson was elected to NSW Parliament at the subsequent 1999 election.

Between 2003 and 2011 Hodgkinson has held a range of shadow ministerial responsibilities including Fair Trading and Small Business (2003 to 2005), Tourism (2005 to 2007), Major Events (2006 to 2007), Community Services, Families, and Child Safety (2007 to 2008), and Natural Resource Management (2008 to 2011).[6]

Following the 2011 state election, Hodgkinson was appointed on 3 April 2011 as NSW first female Minister for Primary Industries and also as Minister for Small Business.

In February 2014 Hodgkinson announced that she would seek Nationals preselection to contest the seat of Goulburn at the 2015 state election, held by the Liberals' Pru Goward. Her decision follows a statewide electoral redistribution by the NSW Electoral Commission that resulted in a substantial revision of Hodgkinson's seat of Burrinjuck including the loss of her home town of Yass and the seat renamed as Cootamundra, with effect from the 2015 state election.[7][8] Her announcement resulted in a dispute between the Nationals and Liberals;[9][10] and on 28 February, Hodgkinson announced she would withdraw her nomination for Goulburn.[11] Hodgkinson contested and won the newly constituted seat of Cootamundra.[12]

Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[13] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[4] in April 2014 in addition to her existing responsibilities as a minister, Hodgkinson was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events; and lost the portfolio of Small Business.[6][14] Following the resignation of Andrew Stoner, John Barilaro succeeded Hodgkinson in a subsequent ministerial reshuffle.[15] Hodgkinson was not reappointed to the second Baird ministry following the 2015 state election.[16]

Following the Australian greyhound racing live baiting scandal and the decision by the Baird government to ban greyhound racing NSW from 1 July 2017,[17] legislation was introduced into the NSW Legislative Assembly and Hodgkinson crossed the floor to vote against the government. At the time of the vote Hodgkinson was the Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW,[6] however in the following days a media release was issued by the Deputy Premier stating that neither she nor her colleague the Member for Clarence were any longer parliamentary secretaries.[18]

Hodgkinson graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2015, and as a Master of Business Administration through the Australian Institute of Business in 2017. On 31 July 2017, she announced her intention to retire from the NSW Parliament effective 1 September 2017, resulting in a by-election for the seat of Cootamundra.[19]

Her final day as a parliamentarian was 1 September 2017.


  1. ^ a b c "Hodgkinson, Katrina Ann (1966 – )". The Australian Women's Register. 7 February 2006. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Inaugural Speech: Ms Katrina Hodgkinson". Hansard: Legislative Assembly. Parliament of New South Wales. 2 June 1999. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Mills, Lee (14 May 2010). "My take on our Member, Katrina Hodgkinson". Yass Tribune. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Katrina Hodgkinson". The Nationals. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  6. ^ a b c "Ms Katrina Ann Hodgkinson, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Nicholls, Sean (19 February 2014). "Katrina Hodgkinson to take on Pru Goward for Goulburn seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Katrina Hodgkinson to challenge Pru Goward in preselection fight to win NSW seat of Goulburn". ABC News. Australia. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Nicholls, Sean (28 February 2014). "Pru Goward, Katrina Hodgkinson dispute over Goulburn unresolved". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "National Katrina Hodgkinson to contest Liberal Pru Goward's seat of Goulburn". The Australian. AAP. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Nicholls, Sean (28 February 2014). "Katrina Hodgkinson to withdraw from Goulburn poll fight against Pru Goward". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Vesey, Harrison (28 March 2015). "Katrina Wins Fifth Term". Cootamundra Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Nicholls, Sean (17 October 2014). "John Barilaro elevated as Andrew Stoner suddenly quits cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Nicholls, Sean (1 April 2015). "NSW premier Mike Baird announces new cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "NSW Premier Mike Baird announces ban on greyhound racing after Special Commission of Inquiry". smh.com.au. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Gerathy, Sarah (26 August 2016). "Greyhound racing: Nationals Katrina Hodgkinson, Chris Gulaptis dumped after voting against ban". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  19. ^ Nicholls, Sean (2017-07-31). "Gladys Berejiklian faces another byelection test after Katrina Hodgkinson quits". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-31. 
Parliament of New South Wales
District re-established Member for Cootamundra
Succeeded by
Steph Cooke
Preceded by
Alby Schultz
Member for Burrinjuck
District abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Whan
Minister for Primary Industries
Succeeded by
Niall Blair
Preceded by
Frank Terenzini
Minister for Small Business
Succeeded by
Andrew Stoner
New title Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Succeeded by
John Barilaro
as Minister for Regional Tourism