Charles Casuscelli

Charles Casuscelli (born 22 October 1956), an Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Strathfield for the Liberal Party from 2011 to 2015.[1]

Charles Casuscelli
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Strathfield
In office
26 March 2011 – 6 March 2015
Preceded byVirginia Judge
Succeeded byJodi McKay
Personal details
Born (1956-10-22) 22 October 1956 (age 63)
Rome, Italy
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Maria
ResidenceRussell Lea, New South Wales
OccupationPolitician
Websitecharlescasuscelli.com.au

Early years and backgroundEdit

Casuscelli was born in Rome, Italy and emigrated to Australia in 1963, aged seven years. His family established their home at Blacktown in Sydney's west and he was a student firstly at Blacktown North Public Primary school and then Blacktown Boys High School. At 16 years of age he opted to enter the workforce as a Trainee in the Postmaster General's Department.[1]

He has been married to Maria for more than 31 years and is the father of two daughters.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Casuscelli completed his technical training as a telecommunications technical officer just as the Postmaster General's Dept was split into Australia Post and Telecom Australia.[3]

He advanced to the role of project manager developing computer systems to enable real-time management of telecommunications services. He left Telecom Australia and undertook continuous full-time service as an officer with the regular army from 1988 to 1992.[citation needed] He was appointed as a staff officer (captain) at Headquarters Australian Defence Force and later as a major on the Headquarters of Land Command. He was responsible for the planning and implementation of command, control and communications systems within the combat elements of the Australian Army.[citation needed]

Casuscelli's first senior management appointment in the private sector was with the market research company AC Nielsen, he had two roles the first as national operations manager for the Media Research Division and later as director of business re-engineering for the Australian business. Many years later he returned to the company as director of operations for the Pacific region.[4]

Casuscelli joined the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority in October 1997. Holding a dual role, he was the NSW Transport Management Centre's project director responsible for establishing the new facility,[5]

In 2001, he commenced work as a senior executive with NRMA Motoring and Services. After a relatively short period ~ 2 years he set up his own private consultancy and delivered professional services to the transport, telecommunications, OH&S, marketing and advertising industries.[4]

In amongst his continuous full-time service with the Australian army, Casuscelli has been an Army Reserve Signal Corp officer since 1978 having served in a range of appointments including officer commanding a Royal Australian Signal Corp unit. He holds the Reserve Force decoration in recognition of his service.[4]

Casuscelli is also a member of the South West Metropolitan District Emergency Management Committee and works with the emergency services and other public agencies to ensure that Sydney's Inner West is prepared for major emergencies.

Political careerEdit

After leaving the RTA and going back into the private sector in 2001[citation needed] Casuscelli's attention became directed towards what he saw as the growing ineptness of the Labor government to effectively deal with transport and roads issues. He made a number of media appearances highlighting Government failures in such things as managing incidents on the road network,[6] criticising the unnecessary duplication of the Iron Cove bridge,[7] waste and mismanagement of Government especially the aborted CBD Metro.[8]

After joining the Five Dock branch of the Liberal Party in February 2009, Casuscelli was preselected as the Liberal candidate in November 2010. At the March 2011, he contested the seat of Strathfield and ran against the sitting member and Labor minister, Virginia Judge. Casuscelli was elected with a swing of 16.3 points and winning the seat with 54.4 per cent of the two-party vote.[9]

Casuscelli was appointed as the chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Transport and Infrastructure.[10] Casuscelli recognised the substantial challenges facing NSW in the provision of transport infrastructure, especially the issue of funding. The committee subsequently resolved to conduct formal inquiries into the "Utilisation of Air Space and Adjacent Land Along the Rail Corridor" and "Road Access Pricing" both of which have the potential to fund future improvements to transport infrastructure.[11]

Casuscelli served as a member of the Joint Select Committee on Sentencing of Child Sexual Assault Offenders that made a number of recommendations to government in response to community concerns that judicial sentences were manifestly inadequate. [12]

Casuscelli was appointed as a member of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety in Sep 2014.

As the member for Strathfield, experienced in transport issues his attention soon turned to the issue of the M4 "Missing Link", and he grew fond of saying that progressing the M4/WestConnex project was "his baby". He has repeatedly argued that it was the single most effective project to improve the quality of life for the residents of the inner west of Sydney as well to as make a substantial contribution to the economy of NSW. It was something absolutely essential, he argued, the "completion of the M4 East".[13] The announcement of the WestConnex was the culmination of a personal crusade that began in 1997 as the general manager of the Transport Management Centre to have this critical missing link in the motorway network completed. Charles is also a strong advocate for increased commuter parking as a way of getting private cars off the road. [14]

Casuscelli was appointed as co-chair of three Ministerial Consultative Committees representing the Korean, Chinese and Russian communities on behalf of the Minister for Citizenship and Communities the Hon Victor Dominello MP. One of the first outcomes of these committees was that an inquiry was established by the Community Relations Commission to investigate Human Trafficking and the Exploitation of Asian Sex Workers. [15]

He was defeated in 2015 by Labor candidate Jodi McKay.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mr Charles Casuscelli RFD (1956- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  2. ^ Murada, Lauren (28 March 2011). "Election winners and losers". Inner West Courier. News Limited. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  3. ^ "History of Australia Post". Australian Government, Department of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy. 27 May 2011. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Casuscelli, Charles (5 April 2011). "Casuscelli Professional Profile". LinkedIn Professional Profiles. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Charles Casuscelli". Smart Traffic Conference Program. Transport Roundtable. 1 May 2001. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  6. ^ Robbins, Brian (28 June 2010). "F3 Strategy Dangerous and Without Responsibility". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  7. ^ Parkes, Hannah (27 September 2010). "Duplicate Bridge Will Cause Chaos". Balmain Village Voice. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  8. ^ Casuscelli, Charles (31 May 2010). "NSW Votes 2011". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  9. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "NSW Votes 2011". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  10. ^ Lynch, Peter (20 June 2011). "MP takes on transport and infrastructure". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  11. ^ Trembath, Murray (17 January 2012). "Air Space Near Railway Lines Inquiry". Burwood Scene Newspaper. Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 10 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Parliament of NSW (September 2014). "Child Sexual Assault Sentencing of Offenders". Parliament of NSW. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  13. ^ Charles Casuscelli (21 March 2013). "WestConnex Motorway Debate in the Legislative Assembly". NSW Parliament. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  14. ^ Noonan, Belinda (11 November 2011). "Commuter Parking Is The Way to Go". Burwood Scene Newspaper. Burwood Scene. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  15. ^ Casuscelli, Charles (Private members statement) (6 March 2012). "Sex Trafficking". Parliament of NSW. Retrieved 10 May 2012.

 

New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Virginia Judge
Member for Strathfield
2011–2015
Succeeded by
Jodi McKay