Noreen Hay

Noreen Hay
Noreen Hay
Member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded by Col Markham
Constituency Electoral district of Wollongong
Majority 1.0%
Personal details
Born 1951
London, United Kingdom
Political party Australian Labor Party
Residence Wollongong
Occupation Politician

Noreen Hay (born c. 1951) is an Australian politician and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. She has represented Wollongong for the Australian Labor Party since 2003.

Hay was born in London into a working class family of practicing Christians.[1] She was the second eldest of five children to parents Nora and Tadg Herlihy, who had migrated to the United Kingdom from Cork, Ireland.[1] She married Christopher Martin Hay and in 1982 they migrated with their four children to Wollongong, New South Wales.

Hay enrolled in Wollongong TAFE and subsequently found employment with the NSW Home Care Service, caring for the elderly and bedridden in Wollongong's outer suburbs.[1] She became a union official and regional secretary of the Miscellaneous Workers’ Union and worked as an electorate officer to Jennie George, the Federal Member for Throsby.[2][3]

In 2002, she won ALP preselection from the sitting member, Col Markham,[4] and was the first woman elected for the seat of Wollongong.

Following the 2007 election, Hay was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to Health Minister Reba Meagher.[3] She was stood down in February 2008 by the Premier Iemma being named in an ICAC inquiry into Wollongong Council.[5] Hay was re-appointed in March 2008 after being cleared by the ICAC.

State Premier Nathan Rees dismissed Noreen Hay from her position as Parliamentary Secretary for Health on September 12, 2008 after allegations arose that she participated in simulated mammary intercourse with Police Minister Matt Brown at an office party in June. Both Brown and Hay denied the allegations.[6]


Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Col Markham
Member for Wollongong

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