It is exciting to report that the College community has a new MP in Dr Andrew Charlton who has won the seat of Parramatta for the ALP. Andrew was in College 1997-99 and studied Economics and won the University Medal before heading to the London School of Economics and then Oxford to complete his doctorate as the NSW Rhodes Scholar for 2001. From 2008, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. We look forward to learning of Andrew’s contribution to the nation as a member of the Albanese Government (Mr Albanese being another Sydney University graduate).
The seat of Parramatta was held by another old Pauline, the Hon Sir Nigel Bowen AC KBE between 1964 and 1973, he was in College 1928-30. Sir Nigel had a distinguished parliamentary career including as Australia’s Foreign Minister in the McMahon Government (Sir William McMahon being another Pauline!).
The Hon Andrew Gee, Member for Calare in the NSW Central West, has retained his seat for the National Party increasing his majority. Andrew was most recently Minster for Veterans Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel in the Morrison Government. Andrew was in College 1987-90 and studied Economics/Law. He has been a Member of the House of Representatives since 2016 and held numerous roles in the Abbott and Morrison Governments. Before his election to Federal Parliament he was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly, Member for Orange in 2011. Prior to politics Andrew was a Sydney-based barrister.
The College community congratulates both of our current federal parliamentarians on their wins and we look forward to welcoming them back to College in the future.