Louise Markus
Women in Federal Parliament

Louise Markus

Member for Greenway (NSW) and Member for Macquarie (NSW)

LIB, 2004–2016

Louise Markus with her family.

Image taken by Daryl Charles Photography.

Louise Markus was elected to the House of Representatives as the Liberal Party representative for the electorate of Greenway in 2004, a seat she successfully recontested at the 2007 election. Following an electoral redistribution, Markus successfully contested the neighbouring seat of Macquarie at the 2010 and 2013 elections.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New South Wales in 1979, Markus worked in the western Sydney region as a social worker, a manager of family counselling and support services and as a TAFE teacher.

Markus maintained her commitment to 'advocating and fighting for people' throughout her parliamentary career, focusing on empowering individuals, community groups and organisations. Her contributions in the chamber often made particular reference to matters of importance to her electorate, including employment, infrastructure, health services and the resilience of the community following the Blue Mountains bushfires of October 2013.

Her interest in foreign affairs and defence was evident in her committee work and in her time as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship (2007-2008) and as Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (2008-2010). She was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration and a member of the Joint Select Committee on the Christmas Island Tragedy.

Markus was defeated at the 2016 federal election.