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Ernie Page (politician)

Ernie Page
Minister for Local Government
In office
4 April 1995 – 8 April 1999
PremierBob Carr
Preceded byTed Pickering
Succeeded byHarry Woods
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Waverley
In office
19 September 1981 – 3 May 1991
Preceded bySyd Einfeld
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Coogee
In office
25 May 1991 – 28 February 2003
Preceded byMichael Cleary
Succeeded byPaul Pearce
Personal details
Born(1935-02-18)18 February 1935
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Died20 May 2018(2018-05-20) (aged 83)
Marianne Welsh
(m. 1957⁠–⁠1994)
Barbara Weston
(m. 1994)
Children3 daughters and 2 sons

Ernest Thomas (Ernie) Page OAM (18 February 1935 – 20 May 2018) was an Australian politician, who served nine terms as Mayor of Waverley and was a Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1981 to 2003. Page was Minister for Local Government in the first government of Bob Carr from 1995 to 1999.

Early life and career

Page was educated at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill and the University of New South Wales, and served two years as a conscript in the army in 1954–55. He worked as an engineer in the electricity industry before entering state politics, and was an active member of both the Labor Party and the trade union movement. Page was a councillor for the Waverley Municipal Council from 1962 to 1987, nine of those years as mayor.[1]

Parliament of New South Wales

Page nominated for Labor preselection for the local seat of Waverley at the 1981 state election after the retirement of Wran government minister Syd Einfeld, and was successful. He easily defeated the Liberal candidate on election day, and was re-elected twice more, before switching to the seat of Coogee when Waverley was abolished in 1991. He served another three terms as the member for Coogee. Page also served as Minister for Local Government in the first Carr government from 1995 to 1999, but was not reappointed to the ministry after the 1999 state election. Page retired at the 2003 election.[1]

Later life

In the Queen's Birthday 2006 Honours List, Page was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the New South Wales Parliament and to local government.[2]

On 22 May 2018, the Deputy Speaker Thomas George informed the Legislative Assembly that Page had died on 20 May.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Hon. (Ernie) Ernest Thomas Page (1935-2018)". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. ^ "PAGE, Ernest Thomas OAM". Australian Honours Search Facility. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Death of the Hon. Ernest Thomas Page, a former Minister of the Crown and Member for the Electorates of Waverley and Coogee". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 May 2018.


Civic offices Preceded byDoug Morey Mayor of Waverley 1965–1967 Succeeded byDoug Sutherland Preceded byDoug Morey Mayor of Waverley 1973–1974 Succeeded byJames Markham Preceded byDavid Taylor Mayor of Waverley 1978–1984 Succeeded byJames Markham New South Wales Legislative Assembly Preceded bySyd Einfeld Member for Waverley 1981–1991 Seat abolished Preceded byMichael Cleary Member for Coogee 1991–2003 Succeeded byPaul Pearce Political offices Preceded byTed Pickering Minister for Local Government 1995–1999 Succeeded byHarry Woods

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