Jason Clare

Jason Clare

Jason Dean Clare (born 22 March 1972) is the Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Blaxland in the western suburbs of Sydney. He won election in the 2007 Australian federal election.

Clare was born and raised in western Sydney and attended Cabramatta Primary School and Canley Vale High School. He was the dux of Canley Vale High School in 1989. When he left school he joined the Labor Party and was the secretary of the Cabramatta Branch for 10 years (1992 to 2002). He has a BA (Hons) and an LLB from the University of New South Wales. He was a senior adviser to former NSW Premier Bob Carr and an executive at Transurban, one of Australia’s Top 100 companies.

Blaxland was the electorate of Prime Minister Paul Keating from 1969 to 1996. Since 1996 it has been held by Michael Hatton. In May 2007 Hatton, the sitting member, lost his Labor preselection for the 2007 election and was replaced by Clare. Clare also competed for preselection against George Williams who had been "anointed by the ALP executive", had the "blessing of [former Prime Minister] Gough Whitlam" and whose chances had been "talked up" by ABC news reports. Since Blaxland is regarded as a safe Labor seat, Clare was almost certain to be elected in the 2007 federal election. Although the seat had a redistribution in 2006, it is likely that the redistribution has made the seat safer for Labor.

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