David Harris (Australian politician)
David Robert Harris (born 24 February 1966) is an Australian politician. He has been a Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the electorate of Wyong. He previously represented the same electorate from 2007 to 2011.
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament|
|Assumed office |
28 March 2015
|Preceded by||Darren Webber|
24 March 2007 – 4 March 2011
|Preceded by||Paul Crittenden|
|Succeeded by||Darren Webber|
|Born||24 February 1966|
|Political party||Labor Party|
|Residence||Hamlyn Terrace, New South Wales|
|Occupation||Primary school teacher|
Harris is married to Sherelle and they have two daughters.
Education and teaching careerEdit
Harris undertook tertiary studies and was awarded a Diploma of Teaching and began work in the public school system. He started his career as a teacher at Griffith Public School in 1987. The following year, in his second year of teaching, he became the principal of a one-teacher school at Merriwagga. He moved on to teach at Hillston Central School. It was in Hillston that he met his wife Sherelle.
Harris returned to the New South Wales Central Coast and became principal at Dooralong Public School and then deputy principal at Northlakes Public School. And Point Clare Public School Harris was later appointed principal at Gwandalan Public School and finally principal of Kariong Public School.
In 2006 Harris resigned as the principal to pursue a career in politics.
Harris was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 24 March 2007 as the Member for Wyong. He was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Education & Training, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast. He was also Deputy Chair of the Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption and Chair of the Natural Resource Management (Climate Change) Committee. He was a Member of the Staysafe Committee (Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety) and a Member of the Standing Committee on Broadband in Rural and Regional Communities.
At the 2011 state election, Harris lost the seat of Wyong to his Liberal opponent; local small businessman Darren Webber. It was the first time the seat of Wyong had been held by any party other than the Labor Party and the win was a milestone for the Liberals. Harris regained the seat in the 2015 state election.
Return to education and teachingEdit
Late in 2011, Harris was appointed as the new Principal at Point Clare Public School, to begin in the new year.
|New South Wales Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Wyong
| Member for Wyong