Member for Newcastle (NSW)
In her first speech to the House of Representatives, Australian Labor Party Member for Newcastle (NSW) Sharon Grierson stated that she was ‘a proud daughter of the noble working class of Newcastle’. In her speeches to Parliament she spoke on issues of concern to her local community including job losses, port operations, shipbuilding, manufacturing, steel tariffs, workplace relations and disability payments. She was a strong advocated for Newcastle’s transformation from its former reliance on the steel industry into a ‘dynamic and diversified city’ with ‘high-end, smart jobs’ such as in medical and clean energy research.
After a career as a teacher and school principal, Grierson retained a strong interest in education policy and youth services and achievements. A co-convenor of the parliamentary friends of dementia, she spoke often to raise awareness and call for better support services for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When she left the House in 2013, she nominated her period examining the expenditure of public money as chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit as a ‘particular privilege’.