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The Honorable
 Jodi McKay MP

Minister for Tourism
Minister for the Hunter
Incumbent
Assumed office 
8 September 2008
Preceded by Matt Brown (Tourism)
Michael Costa(Hunter)
Constituency Newcastle

Born 16 August 1969 (1969-08-16) (age 40)
Gloucester, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession TV news presenter

Jodi Leyanne McKay (born 16 August 1969 at Gloucester, New South Wales) is an Australian politician representing Newcastle in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2007. She is Minister for Tourism and Minister for the Hunter in the NSW State Government.

Prior to her election, McKay was the newsreader for Newcastle's NBN Television nightly news. She also served as an honorary director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute and the Hunter Manufacturers' Association.

McKay was narrowly chosen to be Labor's candidate for Newcastle over sitting member Bryce Gaudry, after Premier Morris Iemma personally intervened to ensure her selection.[1] The election itself became a tight three-way contest between McKay, Gaudry and Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate, with McKay winning on Gaudry's preferences.[2] In April 2008 she was criticised by the NSW Greens for failing to declare a political donation from a local developer to help pay for printing costs during her campaign. The donor was at the time seeking support from Planning Minister Frank Sartor for a development at Medowie, near Newcastle airport.[3]

McKay was appointed Minister for Tourism and Minister for the Hunter on 8 September 2008. She immediately distanced herself from the style of her predecessor Michael Costa and committed to greater engagement with local government and community groups.[4] Her appointment was welcomed by tourism and business groups including the Hunter Chamber of Commerce.[4]

References

  1. ^ Sikora, Kate; Hildebrand, Joe (2007-03-06). "Rat in the ranks for ALP". The Daily Telegraph (News Ltd). http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21329239-5011900,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  2. ^ "Hunter election results arrive" ABC News Online, 4 April 2007. Accessed 11 April 2007
  3. ^ Clennell, Andrew (2008-04-14). "Labor MP fails to mention $50,000". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/labor-mp-fails-to-mention-50000/2008/04/13/1208024990562.html. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  4. ^ a b Strachan, Julieanne (2008-09-08). "Jodi McKay - Hunter's newest Minister". The Newcastle Herald (Fairfax Ltd). http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/jodi-mckay-hunters-newest-minister/1266588.aspx. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Bryce Gaudry
Member for Newcastle
2007 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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