Marie Ficarra
The Honourable
Marie Ficarra
MLC
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Personal details
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Marie Ann Ficarra MLC (born 25 March 1954) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 24 March 2007. She was previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Electoral District of Georges River, but was defeated during the landslide election of 1999. She was the Shadow Minister for the Environment for the New South Wales Opposition.

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Representative history

Ficarra was elected to Hurstville City Council in 1980 to became one of few young women in local government at the time. She was later the Deputy Mayor and then Mayor of Hurstville City and served in these roles for 16 years until 1995. During this time she was elected president and later life member of the Australian Local Government Women's Association.

Official parliamentary roles:[1]
Position Start End
Member, Health Care Complaints Commission Committee 1995 1999
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 25 Mar 1995 5 Mar 1999
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 24 Mar 2007 current
Member for Georges River 25 Mar 1995 5 Mar 1999
Member, Standing Committee on Privacy 1 Dec 1996 1 Dec 1998
Parliamentary Information Technology Committee 1 Dec 1996 1 Dec 1998
Member, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 29 May 2007 current
Member, Standing Committee on Social Issues 29 May 2007 current
Shadow Minister for Environment 1998 1999

Professional history

Ficarra worked in her early career as a scientist investigating children’s muscular dystrophy. She became state manager for Hoechst Australia's Behring Diagnostics and later general manager of Cytyc Australia for Australia and New Zealand for many years. Cytyc introduced into Australiac new cervical cancer screening technology and other diagnostics applications related to sexual health.

Education

Ficarra has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney. Following graduation she became a senior tutor at the university in histology and physiology, teaching medical, dental, veterinary science and science students.

As government affairs adviser to Merck Sharp and Dohme Australia, she assisted in obtaining federal government approval and reimbursement for many vital pharmaceuticals including the cervical cancer vaccine. During that time she was elected for three years to the executive of the NSW Liberal Party of which she has been a member for over 30 years.

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