Paul McLeay

Paul Edward McLeay (born 23 August 1972), a former Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Heathcote for the Labor Party between 2003 and 2011.[1]

Paul McLeay

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Member for Heathcote
In office
22 March 2003 – 26 March 2011
Preceded byIan McManus
Succeeded byLee Evans
Minister for Ports and Waterways
In office
17 November 2009 – 1 September 2010
Preceded byJoe Tripodi
Succeeded byEric Roozendaal
Minister for Mineral and Forest Resources
In office
5 June 2010 – 1 September 2010
Preceded byIan Macdonald
Succeeded bySteve Whan
Minister for the Illawarra
In office
8 December 2009 – 1 September 2010
Preceded byDavid Campbell
Succeeded byEric Roozendaal
Personal details
Born (1972-08-23) 23 August 1972 (age 48)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Spouse(s)Cassandra Wilkinson
WebsiteNSW Parliamentary website

In 2010, McLeay resigned his position as a Minister on 1 September 2010 after he admitted using a parliamentary computer to visit gambling websites.[2][3] He was the fifth minister to resign from Kristina Keneally's Labor government.

Early years and backgroundEdit

McLeay is the son of Janice McLeay, former Commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, and Leo McLeay, a former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives between 1989 and 1993.[4]

He is married to Cassandra Wilkinson, author, president of FBi Radio and senior public servant. They have two children. Prior to entering politics, McLeay held the position of Assistant General Secretary of the NSW Public Service Association.[citation needed]

New South Wales parliamentary careerEdit

On entering Parliament, McLeay was appointed parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.[1] In 2009, he was appointed Minister for Ports and Waterways and Minister for the Illawarra. In June 2010, McLeay was appointed Minister for Mineral and Forest Resources.[1] In September 2010, McLeay resigned as a Minister.

McLeay is a Director of Engadine District Youth Services and President of the Bundeena volunteer fire brigade.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mr Paul Edward McLeay (1972- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ Clennell, Andrew (1 September 2010). "Ports Minister Paul McLeay resigns after found surfing porn sites but to remain MP". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  3. ^ Sean Nicholls (2 September 2010). "Porn, gambling sites claim MP". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ Kingston, Margo (22 October 2002). "Last card Carmen?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 February 2007.

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New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Ian McManus
Member for Heathcote
2003 – 2011
Succeeded by
Lee Evans