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Crosio, Janice Ann (1939 - )

The Honourable, MBE

Born
3 January 1939
Granville, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Parliamentarian

Summary

Janice Crosio was the first woman Cabinet Minister of New South Wales, and first woman to serve on the executive at all three levels of government - local, state and federal. She was elected to the House of Representatives (ALP) for the seat of Prospect, New South Wales, in 1990 and retired in 2004.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 30 December 1978 for services to local government.

Details

Parliamentary and Local Government Career

  • Local Government: Fairfield City Council (New South Wales), 1971-80. Elected Mayor in 1974, 1977-1980
  • State Government: MLA Fairfield (New SouthWales), 1981, 1984; MLA Smithfield (New South Wales), 1988
  • Federal Government: House of Representatives, Member for Prospect (New South Wales), 1990
  • Retired: 2004

Janice Crosio served on the Fairfield City Council (NSW) from 1971 to 1980 and became the first female Mayor of that council in 1974. She was re-elected in 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. She transferred to the NSW State parliament in 1981 when she was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Fairfield. She held that seat from 19 September 1981 to 22 February 1988, moving to Smithfield from 27 April 1988 until she resigned on 17 February 1990.

Crosio was Minister for Natural Resources from 5 April 1984 to 6 February 1986; Minister for Local Government from 6 February 1986 to 25 March 1988; Minister for Water Resources from 4 July 1986 to 25 March 1988 and Assistant Minister for Transport from 26 November 1987 to 25 March 1988.

After entering federal parliament in 1990 she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment, Sport and Territories from 23 December 1993 to 25 March 1994 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security from 25 March 1994 to 11 March 1996. In 2001, she was elected Chief Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives.

Crosio was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1980.

Events

3 January 1939
Born Janice Ann Gustard
1971 - 1980
Alderman of the Fairfield City Council, New South Wales
1972
Deputy Mayor of the Fairfield City Council, New South Wales
1974 - 1975
Mayor of the Fairfield City Council (first woman), New South Wales
1976 - 1993
President of Meals on Wheels
1977
Awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal
1977 - 1980
Mayor, Fairfield City Council, New South Wales
30 December 1978
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) (MBE)
1980
Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
1981 - 1988
Member of the Legislative Assembly (Australian Labor Party) for Fairfield, New South Wales
1984
First woman elected a Cabinet Minister, New South Wales
1984 - 1986
Minister for Natural Resources, New South Wales
1986 - 1988
Minister for Water Resources, New South Wales
1986 - 1988
Minister for Local Government, New South Wales
1987 - 1988
Assistant to New South Wales State Minister for Transport
1988 - 1990
Member of the Legislative Assembly (Australian Labor Party) for Smithfield, New South Wales
1990
Member of the House of Representatives (Australian Labor Party) for Prospect, New South Wales
1993
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Arts and Administrative Services, New South Wales
1993 - 1994
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment, Sport and Territories, New South Wales
1994 - 1996
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security, New South Wales
2000
Member of the Co-ordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians of Inter-Parliamentary Union

Sources used to compile this entry: Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2002, 2020 pp; http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/biography.asp?id=7T4 accessed 14/11/01; http://www.alp.org.au/people/people.html?seat=prospect accessed 14/11/01.

Anne Heywood and Nikki Henningham

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