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Ms Meryl Swanson MP

Ms Meryl Swanson MP

Member for Paterson, New South Wales

Deputy Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

35 Sturgeon Street
Raymond Terrace, NSW, 2324

Postal address

PO Box 156
Raymond Terrace, NSW, 2324

(02) 4983 2401

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 4248


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Paterson, New South Wales, 2016. Re-elected 2019.
Committee service
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 23.7.2019 (Deputy Chair from 9.12.2020).
  • House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture and Water Resources from 15.9.2016 to 15.6.2017; Agriculture and Water Resources from 21.5.2018 to 11.4.2019 (Deputy Chair from 21.5.2018 to 11.4.2019); Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources from 22.7.2019.
  • House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation from 13.6.2017 to 28.6.2018; Regional Australia from 29.7.2019 to 7.12.2020 (Deputy Chair from 19.9.2019 to 7.12.2020).
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence from 11.8.2020.
  • Born 3.9.1970, Kurri Kurri, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BCom (University of Newcastle).
  • BA (University of Newcastle).
  • Researcher, Producer and Reporter for NBN Television from 1991 to 1993.
  • Radio Presenter for 2KO, 1992.
  • Business Manager for the Hunter Region Organisation of Councils from 1993 to 1996.
  • Electorate Officer for J Fitzgibbon, MP from 1996 to 1997.
  • Executive Director for Hunter Tourism, 1997.
  • Student and mother from 1998 to 2001.
  • Small business owner and cafe operator from 2001 to 2004.
  • Radio Broadcaster from 2004 to 2016.
Local Government service
  • Member, Hunter Region Organisation of Councils from 1993 to 1996.
  • Name: Paterson
  • Location: Paterson extends from Neath, Kurri Kurri and Williamtown in the south, along the Hunter River and Port Stephens in the north and along the Hunter Expressway to the west. The main towns include Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Medowie, Neath, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace and Williamtown.
  • Area: 1,123 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 122,820 (at 7.6.2019)
  • Industries: Beef and dairy cattle, mixed farming, maize, fishing and oyster farming, general engineering, transport, construction, tourism and recreational industries.