Jill Hall

Member for Shortland (NSW)

ALP, 1998–2016

Jill Hall.

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Jill Hall was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Shortland for the Australian Labor Party in 1998.

After completing an arts degree at Newcastle University and working as a rehabilitation counsellor, Hall entered local politics in 1991 as a councillor on the Lake Macquarie City Council, where she served as Deputy Mayor from 1993 to 1994. She then embarked on a career in state politics and was elected in 1995 to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the seat of Swansea.

In her first speech to the House of Representatives, Hall described good government as inclusive and heedful of the needs of all members of the community. She also detailed the special environmental, social and economic challenges of her electorate. Hall was a proud republican and was an active member of the Joint Select Committee on the Republic Referendum. She held the positions of Deputy Opposition Whip (2004-2007), Government Whip (2007-2012) and Opposition Whip (2013-2016).

During her parliamentary career Hall worked to redress disadvantage in education, health, and employment and spent many years advocating for a positive approach to aging and aged care. Her commitment to change in this area saw her suspend her whip duties in 2012 to chair the Standing Committee on Health and Ageing.

After 25 years of political service, including 18 years in the federal parliament, Hall retired in 2016.