Bailey was sworn in as Minister for Small Business and Tourism
on 26 October 2004. She is the Member for the Victorian
seat of McEwen and has held that seat since March 1996,
and previously from 1990-1993.
She has previously served as Minister for Employment Services
and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, and Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister for Defence.
Born in Brisbane, Ms Bailey grew up in Queensland and attended
All Hallows College. She graduated as a secondary college
teacher, specialising in English, History and French, from
Queensland University. She later returned to study sociology
at La Trobe University in Melbourne where she focussed on
the psychology of group dynamics.
Prior to entering parliament, Ms Bailey operated several
small businesses, including a retail outlet and a commercial
and stud cashmere business which exported both meat and
As Minister for Employment Services, she was responsible
for the Job Network, the Work for the Dole Scheme and other
employment services. As Minister Assisting the Minister
for Defence, her range of responsibilities included personnel,
recruiting, compensation, superannuation and consultation
between Defence and industry.
While Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence,
she ensured greater opportunities for small business in
providing contracted support services to the Australian
Ms Bailey served on the House of Representatives Standing
Committees including: Industry, Science and Technology from
29.5.96 to 31.8.98, and Primary Industries, Resources and
Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98, as well
as Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02.
The seat of McEwen spreads from the northern edge of Melbourne
across the Great Dividing Range to the plains and highlands
of central Victoria. It includes vineyards, cattle grazing,
market gardening, sawmills, textiles, dairying and various
small businesses and tourism.
Ms Bailey has two daughters, Amanda and Annabel.