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(Virginia) Dianne Virginia Judge (b.19 August 1956) is an Australian politician. She is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Early life

Judge was born in Coomamarker, where her father worked as a surveyor on the Snowy Mountain Scheme and was educated in Canberra. She received a Bachelor of Education from the Canberra School of Musicmarker.

Judge taught in primary and secondary schools in Sydneymarker and Canberramarker, including at the Evandale Special School in Croydonmarker, a school catering for intellectual disabled students. She also worked as a volunteer abroad for the Overseas Service Bureau in Tongamarker and as a project officer for small non-government organisation, The Australian Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific, delivering items such as humidicribs, toilets and ovens to Pacific islands such as Nauru, the Solomon Islandsmarker and Fijimarker.

Judge returned to Sydney,and worked in real estate, qualifying for her real estate licence. She was also studying Law part-time at Macquarie Universitymarker prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly.

Political career

Judge was elected to Strathfield Councilmarker in 1995 and served until 2004. Almost immediately after being elected, she was accused of speaking and voting against an application for a development approval without declaring a conflict of interest, as her real estate agency, and allegedly herself, stood to benefit if it was approved. This charge was dismissed by the Department of Local Government. She later found employment in former Minister for Fisheries Eddie Obeid's office.

She was Mayor from 2001 to 2003 when she entered the NSW Parliament.

Judge was elected as member for Strathfield in 2003, representing the Australian Labor Party. The seat has traditionally been held by the Liberal Party of Australia, but she won it with a 15% majority.

Following the elevation of Nathan Rees as NSW Premier, Judge was appointed fair trading minister. She also has responsibility for citizenship and will assist the minister for the arts (Premier Nathan Rees).


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