- Kristina Keneally
Kristina Keneally is the third [http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20080403033] American-born member of the
New South Wales Parliament. In 2003 she was an Australian Labor Party(ALP) candidate elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assemblyseat of Heffron, succeeding Deirdre Grusovin. After being re-elected in 2007, she became the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services and was subsequently appointed Minister for Planning by incoming Premier Nathan Reesin September 2008. She held the position of the NSW Government's Spokesperson for World Youth Day in 2008.
Born Kristina Kerscher to an American father and an Australian mother, she was educated at the
Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), and at the Marianist Catholic University of Dayton(Ohio) where she received her baccalaureatein 1991 and her masters degreein 1994. She also studied at Marquette Universityin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and briefly at the Australian Catholic Universityin Strathfield, New South Wales.
Kristina Kerscher met her future husband, the Australian Ben Keneally, at World Youth Day 1991. She emigrated to Australia in 1994 and they married in 1996. [http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/fine-romance-for-young-believers/2008/03/29/1206207489788.html] She became a naturalised Australian in 2000, the same year she joined the ALP.
Kristina Keneally was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 2003, following a bitter preselection battle with Deirdre Grusovin, the sister of senior Labor politician
Laurie Brereton. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/09/28/1032734372567.html Young mum will fight dynasty all the way] "The Sydney Morning Herald", 29 September 2002] In her inaugural speech she talked about her commitment to social justice, equal opportunity for women and her Catholic faith. [ [http://parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/PARLMENT/hansArt.nsf/V3Key/LA20030520042 Inaugural Speech] , "Legislative Assembly Hansard", 20 May 2003]
She has faced several issues in her local electorate of Heffron since her election, including:
*Supported the removal of
hexachlorobenzene(HCB) waste from the Oricachemical plant at Banksmeadow
*Supported plans to build ramps from Southern Cross Drive to Garderners Road at Eastlakes
*Criticised plans to build a shopping mall at
*Supported the NSW government's proposal to expand Port Botany. [ [http://www.villagevoice.com.au/article/20061107/NWS02/611070977&SearchID=73266270140788/Mall+Would+'create+Havoc' Mall Would 'create Havoc'] "Southern Courier", 7 November 2006]
She and her husband have two sons, Daniel and Brendan. A daughter, Caroline, died at birth. Her husband is the nephew of famous Australian novelist
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