Sharon Bird was born on 15 November, 1962 in Wollongong, New South Wales, is an Australian Politician for Australian Labor Party elected from the Division of Cunningham, New South Wales, in the House of Representatives since 2004 federal elections.
Sharon Bird got her education from University of Sydney and University of Wollongong. She was a TAFE and a teacher. She worked as electorate officer for Colin Hollis and then as Senior Project Officer with the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice. From 1991-95, she was a member of Shellharbour Council.
She contested for the first time from Cunningham in 2002 and lost to Michael Organ on two party – preferred basis. She elected again in 2004, this time, Organ was leading but got eliminated and she won. In 2012, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills and then got promoted to be the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. In 2013, during second Rudd Ministry, she was given 3 departments namely, Ministry for Regional Development, Ministry for Regional Communications and Ministry for Road Safety. She was also appointed as Shadow Minister for Vocational Education and worked with Standing Committee for the Vocational Education and Skills from 2004-2008 and Chaired the same committee for two years after that. She also served as Deputy Chair on one of the Standing Committees of House of Representatives dealing with Public Administration and Finance.
She supports same-sex marriage and voted 3 times in favor of this in the House.
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