Meryl Swanson

Meryl Jane Swanson (née Partridge; born 3 September 1970) is an Australian politician and former radio presenter. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and has represented the Division of Paterson in the House of Representatives since the 2016 federal election.[1][2]

Meryl Swanson

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Paterson
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded byBob Baldwin
Personal details
Meryl Jane Partridge

(1970-09-03) 3 September 1970
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)Nick Swanson
Children2 daughters
Alma materUniversity of Newcastle

Early life

Swanson was born in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales,[3] and grew up in nearby Heddon Greta.[4] She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Newcastle. After graduating she worked in broadcasting for several years, as a researcher, producer and reporter for NBN Television and as a presenter with 2KO. She later worked as a business manager for the Hunter Region Organisation of Councils (1993–1996), as an electorate officer for Joel Fitzgibbon (1996–1997), and as executive director of Hunter Tourism (1997). After starting a family she operated a cafe for several years and then returned to radio with 2HD and 2NUR.[3]


Swanson was elected to parliament at the 2016 federal election, winning the seat for the Labor Party following the retirement of incumbent Liberal MP Bob Baldwin. She was assisted by a favourable redistribution prior to the election.[5] She retained the seat at the 2019 election despite a five-point swing against the ALP.[6]

After the 2019 election, Swanson endorsed Joel Fitzgibbon for the leadership of the ALP, although he eventually decided not to stand.[7]

Personal life

Swanson has two daughters with her husband Nick and lives on a 50-acre (20 ha) property in Buchanan.[8] As of 2019 she was a co-owner and director of Swanridge Investments Pty Ltd, which sells horse rugs.[9]


  1. "Electorate: Paterson". Australia Votes - Federal Election 2016. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. "Meryl Swanson has become Paterson's first female MP". Port Stephens Examiner. Fairfax regional Media. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. "Ms Meryl Swanson MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  4. "Maiden speech". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  5. McGowan, Michael (2 July 2016). "Paterson Australian federal election results 2016: Labor's Swanson secures clean sweep". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  6. Swinton, Sage (4 June 2019). "Meryl Swanson officially declared as Paterson MP after 2019 Federal Election". Maitland Mercury. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  7. Elias, Charlie (23 May 2019). "Labor's Meryl Swanson holds on to Paterson seat despite 5 per cent swing to Liberal's Sachin Joshi". Port Stephens Examiner. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  8. "About Meryl Swanson". Meryl Swanson MP. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  9. "Federal election 2019: Paterson MP Meryl Swanson denies attack on eligibility". Newcastle Herald. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bob Baldwin
Member for Paterson

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.