Ms Janelle Saffin MP


Former Member

Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council, 1995. Resigned 28.2.2003.
  • Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Page, New South Wales, 2007. Re-elected 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013.
Parliamentary positions
  • Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 5.8.13
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013 (Chair from 28.10.2010 to 5.8.2013).
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.2.2008 to 5.8.2013 (Chair, Trade Sub-Committee from 12.3.2008 to 5.8.2013).
  • Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013.
  • House of Representatives Standing: House from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Selection from 30.9.2010 to 14.5.2013; Petitions from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Appropriations and Administration from 13.2.2013 to 5.8.2013; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan, January 2012
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, March 2012
Parliamentary party positions
  • Government Whip in the House of Representatives from 27.11.2012 to 13.5.2013.
Party positions
  • Secretary and President, ALP Lismore Branch
  • Secretary and President, ALP Lismore State Electorate Council
  • Secretary and President, ALP Richmond Federal Electorate Council
  • Delegate, ALP State and Federal Electorate Councils
  • Delegate, ALP Country, State and National Conferences
  • Vice-President, NSW Parliamentary Country Labor
  • Member, Country Labor Advocacy Committee
  • Member, ALP from 1982
  • Born 1.11.1954, Ipswich, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.LegS (Macq)
  • Dip.T (Northern Rivers CAE)
  • Community consultant and advocate 1990-95
  • Solicitor 1993-94
  • Member, NSW Legislative Council 1995-2003
  • Senior Political Adviser to HE Dr Jose Ramos-Horta 2004-07
  • Description: Rural
  • Location: New South Wales north coast; it includes the centres of Alstonville, Ballina, Casino, Evans Head, Grafton, Iluka, Kyogle, Lismore and Yamba.
  • Area: 16143 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 94360 (at 21.8.2010)
  • Industries: dairy and beef cattle, pigs, maize, tropical fruit, sugar cane, fishing, prawning, oysters, butter and dairy factories, timber mills, several abattoirs and tourism.
  • Electorate: Page includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Ballina, Clarence and Lismore.