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Lo Po', Faye

AM, The Honourable



Fay Lo Po' retired in 2003 after a distinguished public career in NSW politics. A long time member of the Australian Labor Party, she served in local government (on the Penrith City Council) before winning the seat of Penrith in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1991. Lo Po was re-elected in 1995 and 1999. While an MP, she held a number of portfolios, including Minister for Women, Community Services, Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs. She was Shadow Minister for Housing in 1994-95 while the ALP were in opposition.

Fay Lo Po' was also heavily involved in local politics in the 1970s and 80s, culminating in a term as Mayor of the Penrith City Council in 1990-1991. She was Alderman of Prospect Electricity (1980-1987, 1991-1992) serving as Chair. From 1986-1987. She was Chair of the NSW Women's Advisory Council, a Member of the Metropolitan Waste Disposal Authority, Chair of the NSW Board of Adult Education and Patron of various groups. She was appointed an AM in 1984.


Parliamentary and Local Government Career

Local Government
  • Member Penrith City Council 1971-74, 1980-95
  • Mayor Penrith 1990-91
State Government
  • Elected, New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Penrith 1991, 1995, 1999,
  • Shadow Minister for Housing, 1994-95
  • Minister for Consumer Affairs, 1995
  • Minister for Fair Trading, 1995-97
  • Minister for Women 1995 to 2003
  • Minister for Community Services, Aging and Disability Services, from 1997 to 2003

Retired 2003.

Sources used to compile this entry: (accessed 17 -10-2001) ; (accessed 17 -10-2001) ; NSW Parliamentary Record VI 1st ed; FormerMembers (accessed ?); Who's Who in Australia 2003; REYNOLDS, Margaret and WILLOUGHBY, Jean (eds), HERstory: Australian Labor Women in Federal, State and Territory Parliaments 1925-1994. 1994.

Anne Heywood and Nikki Henningham

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