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Natasha Maclaren-Jones, Government Whip in the Legislative Council

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Natasha was elected at the March 2011 State election.

Having worked in both the public and private health sectors, Natasha brings to Parliament broad experience in public policy development.

Before entering Parliament, Natasha worked as a public affairs and government relations consultant, providing services to multinational health care companies and industry associations. She also worked as an adviser to Ministers in the Howard Government and as a registered nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Health Services Management.

As a long time Liberal Party member, Natasha has served in a variety of positions within the Liberal Party of Australia, including being the youngest person to serve as NSW State President and the third woman to ever hold the position. Natasha has also served as State Vice-President, NSW Young Liberal President, State Convention Chair and Chair of the Liberal Women’s Forum, a training and development program for Liberal Women.

Natasha has served as Temporary Chair of Committees for the NSW Legislative Council and Chair of the General Purpose Standing Committee 3, responsible for Regional Infrastructure and Services, Roads and Freight, Tourism and Major Events, Local Government and Trade and Investment. In February 2014, Natasha was appointed to the NSW Government’s Violent Domestic Crimes Taskforce. Natasha has also been a member of a number of Parliamentary Committees including the Standing Committee on Social Issues, Privileges Committee, Committee on Health Care Complaints and Select Committee on Greyhound Racing in New South Wales. As one of the founders of the St John’s Parliamentary Auxiliary, Natasha has served as Deputy Chair since 2011. She has also served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award since founding the group in 2014.

Natasha has previously served as the Deputy Chair of the Committee on the Parliamentary Budget Office, Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Funeral Advisory Committee and member of the Select Committee on the provisions of the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Amendment Bill 2011.