Tony Pooley (politician)

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Tony Pooley
4th Mayor of South Sydney
In office
2 September 2002 5 February 2004
DeputyPeter Furness
Preceded by John Fowler
Succeeded byCouncil abolished
Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney
In office
17 September 2007 13 September 2008
Lord Mayor Clover Moore
Preceded by Chris Harris
Succeeded byMarcelle Hoff
Personal details
Born (1960-03-07) 7 March 1960 (age 60)
New South Wales, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party (New South Wales Branch)
Spouse(s)Joanna Quilty

Anthony Robert Pooley (born. 7 March 1960) is an Australian public servant and former local government politician, who served from 2002 as the last Mayor of South Sydney before its amalgamation with the City of Sydney in 2004. [1]

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Political career

Pooley was elected as a Labor Councillor in 2000 to the City of South Sydney and was subsequently elected as Mayor in 2002. [1] [2] In August 2003, while serving as mayor, Pooley voted with the council majority of 7–2 to implement a relationships register for same-sex couples, being the first of its kind at the time in Australia. [3] After supporting proposals to amalgamate the council the City of Sydney, in February 2004, when this was brought into effect, Pooley was appointed as one of three Commissioners administering the newly constituted City of Sydney. When the new council was elected in March 2004, Pooley was one of three Labor councillors elected to the council. [1] In September 2007 Pooley was elected to a single term as Deputy Lord Mayor. [4]

Later career

In 2007, while still serving as a councillor, Pooley took up a position as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Kristina Keneally. He continued as Keneally's chief of staff until December 2009, when she was appointed Premier, at which point he became her Deputy Chief of Staff, serving until Labor lost office in 2011. In 2014, Pooley was called before the Independent Commission Against Corruption as a witness to testify regarding doctored cabinet minutes relating to Australian Water Holdings. [5]

Pooley is currently the NSW operations manager of National Disability Services, a private sector disability services organisation. [6] A longtime resident of Redfern, he is married to senior public servant Joanna Quilty and has a daughter, Beth. [7]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Tony Pooley". Sydney's Aldermen. City of Sydney. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. "Tony Pooley, Council's newly elected Mayor". South Sydney Innercity News. South Sydney City Council. 2 September 2002. Archived from the original on 23 December 2002. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  3. Nolan, Tanya (14 August 2003). "Sth Sydney Council recognises same-sex couples". ABC AM. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. "A new Deputy for the Lord Mayor". South Sydney Herald. October 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  5. Wells, Jamelle (28 March 2014). "Rewriting of cabinet document involving Australian Water Holdings 'highly unusual', ICAC hears". ABC News. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  6. Browne, Rachel (1 April 2016). "NDIS under threat as NSW disability staff tipped to quit". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  7. "Annual Report 2005/2006" (PDF). City of Sydney. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
Civic offices
Preceded by
John Fowler
Mayor of South Sydney
2002 – 2004
Council abolished
Preceded by
Lucy Turnbull
as Lord Mayor of Sydney
Commissioner of the City of Sydney
2004
Served alongside: Turnbull, Payne
Succeeded by
Clover Moore
as Lord Mayor of Sydney
Preceded by
Chris Harris
Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Marcelle Hoff