Sandra Nori

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Person.png Sandra Nori  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born16 June 1953
Newcastle (NSW), New South Wales
Alma materPetersham Girls High School, University of Sydney
Spouse • John Faulkner
• Paul Gibson
Member ofGlobal Panel Foundation/Board of Advisors
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and on the Board of Advisors of the intelligence-linked Global Panel Foundation.

Employment.png Member of the New South Wales Parliament

In office
19 March 1988 - 2 March 2007

Sandra Christine Nori is a former Australian politician and presently a company director and Member of Macquarie University Council. Nori was formerly married to Defence Minister John Faulkner ,and is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the intelligence-linked Global Panel Foundation.[1]

Nori was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electoral districts of McKell (1988–1991) and Port Jackson (1991–2007) for the Labor Party. She served in a range of ministerial portfolios between 1999 and 2007. Since leaving politics, Nori has been appointed to a number of roles as a non-executive director.

Early years and background

Nori was born in Newcastle, of Italian parents. She was educated at Petersham Girls High School and University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Economics.[2] Nori was formerly married to Senator John Faulkner and together they have two children.[3]

Parliamentary career

A member of the Australian Labor Party, Nori represented two electorates successively: the newly created electorate of McKell between 1988 and 1991 (which was abolished at the 1991 state election; and the newly created electorate of Port Jackson between 1991 and 2007 (which was again abolished at the 2007 state election).[2]

In the battle for re-election as the Member for McKell at the 1988 state election, Nori defeated independent candidate, Frank Sartor.[4] Sartor went on to join the Labor Party, represent the electorate of Rockdale, and become a senior Labor minister.

She was Minister for Small Business from April 1999 to April 2003, and was Minister for Tourism (later Tourism and Sport and Recreation) from April 1999 and Minister for Women from 2002 until her retirement from parliament in March 2007.[2]

Personal life

In the 1990s Nori was in a personal relationship with Paul Gibson, who was at that time Labor member for Londonderry. In 2007 it was alleged that Gibson had assaulted her.[5][6][7] A subsequent police investigation found insufficient evidence to lay charges.

Career after leaving New South Wales parliament

In 2008, Nori was appointed to the Council of Macquarie University and also serves on the boards of the NSW TAFE Commission, Domain Resorts and Residences,[8] and Komosion, a digital marketing and website publishing software company.[9]

Nori was appointed in 2011 to the National Board of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia and is currently Deputy Chair.[10]

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