Clover Moore

Clover Moore
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Sydney
Clover Moore
82nd Lord Mayor of Sydney
Assumed office
27 March 2004
Preceded by Lucy Turnbull
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Sydney
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Preceded by New district
Majority 4.0%
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 65–66)
Gordon, Australia
Nationality Australian Australia
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Peter Moore
Alma mater University of Sydney

Clover Moore (née Collins), is an Australian politician, the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney and an independent member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Sydney.[1] Moore is the first publicly elected female Lord Mayor of Sydney. Prior to the 2007 NSW state election, she represented the electorate of Bligh, since 1988. Moore is also a member of the Committee for Sydney.



Clover Collins (born 1945),[2] grew up in the suburb of Gordon, on Sydney's North Shore. She studied at the Loreto Kirribilli at Kirribilli, before going on to study teaching at Sydney University. While at university, she married Peter Moore, an architect. After graduating from university, the pair moved to London, United Kingdom for five years, settling in the inner city suburb of Redfern on their return. She was elected to the South Sydney Council in 1980.[3]

Member of Parliament, 1988 - present

The following year, the government amalgamated the City of Sydney and South Sydney Councils, and Moore switched to the Sydney City Council. Moore developed a visible profile in the community, campaigning on a variety of issues both in her position as councillor and in the broader community. In late 1987, Moore was the favourite to become the city's first female Lord Mayor and defeat incumbent Doug Sutherland. However, the state government abruptly sacked the council and called in commissioners to run it. Moore decided to take the opportunity to run for the Legislative Assembly as an independent at the 1988 election. Despite not having the backing of a party, she won the seat of Bligh, narrowly defeating Liberal member Michael Yabsley.[3]

In 1991 she co-authored the New South Wales Charter of Reform of Government. In the same year, she was re-elected for a second term with a massive swing in her favour, increasing her share from 26.7 per cent to 43 per cent. Her power also increased dramatically when, along with fellow independents Peter Macdonald and Tony Windsor, she gained the balance of power in the Legislative Assembly.[4] Moore was to again take the spotlight when the Independent Commission Against Corruption handed down a finding that was sharply critical of Liberal Premier Nick Greiner on 1 June 1992. Whilst the findings were still pending a ruling in the NSW Court of Appeals, Moore and two other Independent MPs made a symbolic march to the NSW Parliament with a threat to withdraw their support of the coalition's minority-government. Hence before the Court ruling was handed down, Greiner's hand was forced, and he resigned on 24 June 1992.[3]

She went on to hold her seat with a largely safe margin at the 1995 and 1999 elections. The gay community thanked her for her support by featuring likenesses of her in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade that year. She was re-elected again in 2003.

Prior to the 2007 election, the Electoral Commission redistributed electoral boundaries, renaming Bligh to "Sydney", and moving the seat north and west to encompass the Sydney CBD. Moore was elected to the new seat of Sydney with an increased margin.[citation needed]

Although she is an independent, she and the Democrats have found common ground on several issues with the Democrats sponsoring some of her bills in the upper house and she encouraged voters at the 2011 state election to vote for them in the upper house, (along with John Hatton). [5]

Lord Mayor, 2004 - present

In early 2004, the Australian Labor Party government, under Bob Carr, sacked and re-amalgamated the City of Sydney and South Sydney Councils. The move came largely as a surprise, with then-Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull (the wife of Liberal Malcolm Turnbull) being notified by a fax posted under her door. The decision to amalgamate the two councils was widely interpreted by the media as an attempt to get the Labor candidate, former federal minister Michael Lee, elected as Lord Mayor, as it would bring a large area of largely Labor-voting suburbs into the City of Sydney. However, several of these suburbs also made up Moore's state electorate of Bligh.

When Turnbull announced soon after that she would not seek re-election, Lee appeared to have the position won. Then, on 24 February, Moore entered the race, labelling the council's sacking a "cynical grab for power" and sharply condemning the sacking of a democratically elected mayor, despite her ideological differences with Turnbull. By the following day, The Sydney Morning Herald was already predicting that she would present a serious challenge to Lee.[6]

Despite a spirited challenge from Lee, who was supported by much of the business community which had concerns about Moore's anti-development stance, Moore won. She finished with more than double the vote of her nearest rival, Lee, and ABC election analyst Antony Green announced that she would "romp through" to win, only 90 minutes after counting began.[6]

Though she had made a point of not directing voting preferences in her four election campaigns in the Legislative Assembly, Moore decided to support a team of independents for the council race. This turned out to be quite successful, with four of her team of six - John McInerney, Robyn Kemmis, Marcelle Hoff and Phillip Black - being elected to council.

At the local government elections held on 13 September 2008 Moore was re-elected as Lord Mayor of Sydney.[7] Moore continues to balance her commitments as Lord Mayor, along with those of her state parliament role, and she has served on the Legislative Assembly Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and Ethics.

Moore broke an ankle on Ride to Work Day in October 2010, when she fell off her bike, necessitating that she attend some events in a wheelchair. [8]


Parliamentary and legislative

Moore established the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust to donate her fees to help the City's most disadvantaged people and promote animal welfare. As at March 2007, the Trust had donated more than $400,000.00 to inner city charities.

In 2006 Moore's Private Member's Bill to force public disclosure of Government contracts with the private sector was approved by both houses of Parliament.

Building and infrastructure

Since becoming Mayor, Moore has been able to bring to completion the construction of several buildings and pieces of infrastructure described as "world-class".[9]

  • Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (formerly "Ultimo Aquatic Centre") by Harry Seidler
  • Surry Hills City of Sydney Library by FJMT (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorpe) [10]
  • Paddington Reservoir Gardens by TZG (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer)
  • Redfern Park by BVN (Bligh Voller Nield)
  • Rushcutters Bay grandstand and kiosk by Lacoste+Stevenson[11]
  • Pirrama Park in Pyrmont by Hill Thalis[12]
  • Prince Alfred Park makeover near Central railway station by Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt.
  • Burton Street Tabernacle (to become the new Tabernacle Theatre)

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On 27 October 2007 Moore proposed a Private Members Bill that would ban the sale of dogs, cats and other mammals in NSW pet stores, and effectively ban the breeding of crossbred dogs. The Pet Industry Association responded with a petition opposing the legislation.[13] The RSPCA Australia has given its support to the measure, although it was rejected by NSW purebred dog breeders.[14]

On 24 March 2009, Moore banned Tim Tams biscuits from council meetings as a measure to create "sustainable, healthy and cruelty-free catering".[15]

Moore sent out an email campaign in March 2009 claiming that "Council has no power or desire to close down every late night venue at 2am". On 24 March 2009 it was revealed on Wikileaks that Council is behind a push for a 3am lockout of venues across the state.[16] Draft amendments[17] to the existing liquor control plan (commonly called "the Accord"), proposing to limit trading hours, were opened for public comment in late September 2010[18] with Moore attracting the ire of media personality and bar owner, Kyle Sandilands,[19] nightclub patrons[20] and a gay newspaper.[21]


  1. ^ "State Electoral District - Sydney Results 2007". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c "A very public life". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 March 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Ms Clover Moore, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Clover Moore tips the odds". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  7. ^ Gilmore, Heath; Carty, Lisa (14 September 2008). "Moore returned with 2030 vision". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Farrelly, Elizabeth (3 November 2011). "One Moore job to seal the legacy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2011.11.03. 
  10. ^ Image on architects' website
  11. ^ Image on architects' website
  12. ^ Image on architects' website
  13. ^ "Thousands protest pet sale ban". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 29 November 2007. 
  14. ^ Dogs NSW - News. Retrieved[dead link]. 
  15. ^ Vallejo, Justin (25 March 2009). "Clover bans 'cruel' Tim Tams over child labour claims". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited).,27574,25238257-5006009,00.html. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Public Exhibition of City of Sydney Late Night Trading Premises Development Control Plan 2007 – Draft Amendment No. 1". City of Sydney Late Night Trading Premises Development Control Plan 2007. City of Sydney. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  18. ^ Carson, Vanda (29 September 2010). "Push to close bars at midnight". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  19. ^ Marcus, Caroline (10 October 2010). "Kyle Sandilands vows to take down Clover Moore". The Sunday Telegraph (News Limited). Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  20. ^ "Appeal to stop the 'Nanna State'". In the mix (The Sound Alliance). 22 October 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  21. ^ Potts, Andrew M (20 October 2010). "New powers would hit venues". Sydney Star Observer (Gay & Lesbian Community Publishing Limited). Retrieved 24 October 2010. 

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