Melinda Pavey

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The Honourable
Melinda Pavey
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Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Assumed office
30 January 2017
Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded by Duncan Gay
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Oxley
Assumed office
28 March 2015
Preceded by Andrew Stoner
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
3 September 2002 – 6 March 2015
Preceded by Doug Moppett
Personal details
Born Melinda Jane Shaw
1969 (age 48–49)
Political party The Nationals
Spouse(s) Warren Pavey

Melinda Jane Pavey (née Shaw; born 1969), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government.[1] Pavey has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the seat of Oxley for The Nationals. She was previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council between 2002 and 2015. A former party staffer, the Coffs Harbour businesswoman became the party's youngest New South Wales MP at the age of 33.


Pavey initially worked as a radio journalist with 2UW in Sydney, but soon became involved in the National Party, and in 1988 took up a position as a media officer for Matt Singleton, the then-Minister for Administrative Services. Over the next decade, she worked for a number of MPs, including Deputy Premier Wal Murray (1990–1993), Minister for Consumer Affairs Wendy Machin (1993–1994) and National Party leader Ian Armstrong (1994–1997).[2]

Pavey entered politics in July 2002, when long-serving Legislative Council member Doug Moppett died suddenly. In the subsequent weeks, Pavey announced her intention to nominate for the resulting casual vacancy. At the time, the party was recovering from a significant defeat at the 2001 election, and the party was keen to look for younger and more appealing candidates.[citation needed] Despite being nine months pregnant at the time, Pavey was ultimately successful in obtaining preselection, and was sworn in as an MLC in September 2002,[2] three weeks after the birth of her daughter, Emily.

She has dedicated much of her time to advocating for the people of the Queanbeyan region, in her role as The Nationals duty member for the Labor-held Legislative Assembly electorate of Monaro. She has also served on the Parliamentary Committee on Children and Young People since 2003.[citation needed]

After the 2011 state election, Premier Barry O'Farrell announced that Pavey would not enter Cabinet; despite previously holding the role of Shadow spokesperson for Emergency Services.[3] Pavey was subsequently appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health. In December 2014, Pavey was preselected by the Nationals as the party's candidate for the lower house seat of Oxley at the 2015 state election.[4]

Following the resignation of Mike Baird as Premier,[5] Gladys Berejiklian was elected as Liberal leader and sworn in as Premier.[6][7][8] The Berejiklian ministry was subsequently formed with Pavey sworn in as the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight with effect from 30 January 2017.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "The Hon. Melinda Jane PAVEY, MLC". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Poole, Fi (15 December 2014). "Melinda Pavey pre-selected for Oxley". ABC News. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Jacques, Owen (19 January 2017). "Baird resigns: NSW Premier to quit top job and Parliament". The Satellite. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Swearing-In of The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, the 45th Premier of New South Wales, and The Honourable John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier". Vice Regal Program. Governor of New South Wales. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ministers". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Clennell, Andrew (26 January 2017). "Premier Gladys Berejiklian plans major reshuffle for cabinet". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 

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New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Andrew Stoner
Member for Oxley
Political offices
Preceded by
Duncan Gay
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight