Mrs Joanna Gash AM

Mrs Joanna Gash AM

Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Gilmore, New South Wales, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
Parliamentary positions
  • Member of the Speaker's Panel from 23.11.1998 to 8.10.2001.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Select: Recent Australian Bushfires served from 27.3.2003 to 5.11.2003
  • House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training served from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs served from 14.12.1996 to 31.8.1998; Selection served from 24.11.1998 to 17.10.2007; Employment, Education and Workplace Relations served from 8.12.1998 to 31.5.2000; Procedure served from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Family and Community Affairs served from 31.5.2000 to 8.10.2001; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry served from 20.3.2002 to 2.12.2003; Privileges served from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government served from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Privileges and Members' Interests served from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Health and Ageing served from 4.6.2009 to 19.7.2010
  • Joint Select: Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation served from 13.9.2011 to 7.10.2011
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served from 20.3.2002 to 17.10.2007; Migration served from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Migration served from 10.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade served as Deputy Chair from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings served from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004; Australian Crime Commission served from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Iran and Jordan, October-November 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Israel, November 2003.
  • Observer in Jordan for the elections in Iraq, January 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, June-July 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-December 2008.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste and Indonesia, November 2011.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Liberal Party of Australia. Served: 02.03.1996 to 05.08.2013
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Government Whip in the House of Representatives from 23.11.2001 to 17.10.2007.
Party positions
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party State Electorate Conference (NSW).
  • Member of the Liberal Party Women's Forum.
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Electorate Conference.
Other positions
  • Member of the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group.
  • Born: 21.7.1944, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Gender: Female
  • Marital Status: Divorced
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • DipTourism&Hospitality (Institute of Administration, Sydney).
  • Manager for the Outer Sydney Region at the Tourism Commission (NSW).
  • Director, Southern Highlands Tourism Agency.
  • Consultant for the Macarthur Country Tourist Association.
  • Guest house co-proprietor.
Local Government service
  • Councillor, Wingecarribee Shire Council.
  • Mayor, City of Shoalhaven from 2013.
  • Name: Gilmore
  • Location: south-eastern New South Wales; it includes the centres of Berry, Bomaderry, Gerringong, Kangaroo Valley, Kiama, Milton, Minnamurra, Nowra, Shellharbour, Shell Cove, Sussex Inlet, Ulladulla and Warilla.
  • Area: 4,878 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 96,317 (at 21.8.2010)
  • Industries: tourism, timber, dairy and beef cattle, paper mill, brickworks, light engineering, dairy products, steel fabrication and fishing.
  • Includes: Gilmore includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of South Coast, and parts of Kiama and Shellharbour.
  • Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, 26.1.2017.
  • Case histories of tourism and hospitality (contribution, ed. J Blackwell and L Shear), Australian-International Services, Sydney: 1989.

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