Deirdre Grusovin

Deirdre Mary Grusovin AM (born 1 September 1938) was a Labor member of the New South Wales Parliament for over twenty five years.

Deirdre Grusovin

Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Heffron
In office
23 June 1990 – 20 March 2003
Preceded byLaurie Brereton
Succeeded byKristina Keneally
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
6 November 1978 – 31 May 1990
Personal details
Deirdre Mary Brereton

(1938-09-01) 1 September 1938 (age 82)
Spouse(s)Walter Grusovin (m. 1962)
RelationsLaurie Brereton (brother)
OccupationPolitician; librarian and shopkeeper

Grusovin was born Deirdre Mary Brereton in Sydney, and is the sister of influential former politician Laurie Brereton.

Initially elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1978, she remained in office until 1990. During this time she was Minister for Consumer Affairs and Assistant Minister for Health 1986-88 and Minister for Small Business 1987–88. In 1990, she contested a by-election in Heffron, winning the seat in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly which had been vacated by her brother, who transferred to Federal Parliament. She was re-elected in 1991, 1995 and 1999.[1]

Grusovin resigned in 2003, following defeat in a bitter preselection battle with Kristina Keneally in 2002. Grusovin threatened to take her case to the Supreme Court, but ultimately stepped aside and Keneally succeeded her in 2003.[2]

In 2016, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the Parliament and the community of New South Wales, to education administration, and to social welfare.[3]


  1. ^ "The Hon. Deirdre Mary Grusovin (1938- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ Norington, Brad (10 October 2002). "Mum's the word as Grusovin bows out of party battle". Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (A-L)" (PDF). Australia Day 2016 Honours Lists. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. 25 January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Laurie Brereton
Member for Heffron
1990 – 2003
Succeeded by
Kristina Keneally