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Minister of healthcare in Australia Nicola Roxon


Nicola Louise Roxon (born 1 April 1967) is an Australian politician, and is the Minister for Health and Ageing. She has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives since 1998, representing the Division of Gellibrand, in the inner-western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.

Early and Personal life

She was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and was educated at the Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne, at Kew and the University of Melbourne. Roxon is the middle of three sisters and is also the niece of the late Australian journalist and Sydney Push member Lillian Roxon.

Her paternal grandparents were Jewish and migrated from Poland to Australia in 1937. Anglicising the family name from Ropschitz to Roxon, her grandfather worked as a GP in Gympie and Brisbane. Her mother Lesley trained as a pharmacist, while her father Jack was a microbiologist. He was a strong influence in her life and she was devastated by his death from cancer when she was 10 years old. Roxon ultimately came to the view that "governments have got a role to make sure they can help people in circumstances they can't control - either through their health failing or an accident". She has told the press that she is an atheist.

Between 1992 and 1994, Roxon was employed as a judge's associate to High Court Justice Mary Gaudron. She then became involved with the trade union movement, joining the National Union of Workers as an organiser. Roxon was also an industrial lawyer and senior associate with the law firm Maurice Blackburn and Co. from 1996 to 1998.

Political career

Roxon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998. She served on a number of committees, including the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources and the Joint Select Committee on the Republic Referendum. Roxon was promoted to the Shadow Ministry after Labor's loss in the 2001 election. Initially, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Child Care, Family Support and Youth. Roxon then had a brief stint as Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration later that year, when Julia Gillard moved from the Immigration portfolio to Health. In 2003, new leader Mark Latham appointed her Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on the Status of Women. She remained as Shadow Attorney-General following Latham's election loss in the 2004 election, holding this position until 2006. Kevin Rudd appointed her to the position of Shadow Health Minister upon his elevation to the Labor leadership in December 2006, and she retained the portfolio when Labor won government, replacing Tony Abbott as Minister for Health and Ageing. Roxon made headlines during the 2007 federal election campaign when, on 31 October 2007, Health Minister Tony Abbott arrived half an hour late for a televised debate. After apologising on behalf of the absent party to the audience of media and health industry figures, Ms Roxon had the debate to herself and made light of the situation by stating that her staff felt she did a good impersonation of Abbott and could play his part. When Abbott did arrive, he swore at her when she said he could have been on time if he had wanted to.

Nicola Roxon minister of health in Australia

Ministers of health in Australia

Robert Best Commonwealth Liberal Party 19081910 Minister for Trade and Customs
Frank Tudor Australian Labor Party 19101913
Littleton Groom Commonwealth Liberal Party 19131914
Frank Tudor Australian Labor Party 19141916
Billy Hughes 19161916
William Archibald National Labor Party 19161917
Jens Jensen Nationalist 19171918
William Watt 19181919
Walter Massy-Greene 19191921
19211923 Minister for Health
Austin Chapman 19231924
Herbert Pratten 19241925
Sir Neville Howse 19251927
Stanley Bruce 19271928
Sir Neville Howse 19281929
Frank Anstey Australian Labor Party 19291931
John McNeill 19311932
Charles Marr United Australia Party 19321934
Billy Hughes 19341935
Joseph Lyons 19351936
Billy Hughes 19361937
Earle Page Country Party 19371938
Harry Foll United Australia Party 19381939
Sir Frederick Stewart 19391940
Harold Thorby Country Party 1940
Sir Frederick Stewart United Australia Party 19401941
Jack Holloway Australian Labor Party 19411943
James Fraser 19431946
Nicholas McKenna 19461949
Earle Page Country Party 19491956
Donald Cameron Liberal Party 19561961
Harrie Wade Country Party 19611964
Reginald Swartz Liberal Party 19641966
Jim Forbes 19661971
Ivor Greenwood 1971
Kenneth Anderson 19711972
Lance Barnard Australian Labor Party 1972
Doug Everingham 19721975
Don Chipp Liberal Party 1975
Ralph Hunt National Country Party 19751979
Michael MacKellar Liberal Party 19791982
Peter Baume 1983
Jim Carlton 19821983
Neal Blewett Australian Labor Party 19831987
19871990 Minister for Community Services and Health
Brian Howe 19901991
19901991 Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services
Graham Richardson 19931994 Minister for Health
Carmen Lawrence 19941996 Minister for Human Services and Health
Michael Wooldridge Liberal Party 19961998 Minister for Health and Family Services
19982001 Minister for Health and Aged Care
Kay Patterson 20012003 Minister for Health and Ageing
Tony Abbott 20032007
Nicola Roxon Australian Labor Party 2007 Minister for Health

Ex minister of health Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Australia has six states

  1. New South Wales,
  2. Queensland,
  3. South Australia,
  4. Tasmania,
  5. Victoria,
  6. Western Australia

and two major mainland territories

  1. the Northern Territory
  2. the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
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