Penny Wong
Place of Birth: Malaysia
Date of Birth: November 05, 1968
Age: 51 Years Old
Astrology: Scorpio
Residence: Adelaide, South Australia
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Specialisation: Politics
Fan Sites: www.alp.org.au/people/sa/wong_penny.php,
www.environment.gov.au/minister/wong/index.html
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Penny Wong is an Australian politician who was born in Malaysia on 5 November, 1968. Her family moved to Australia when she was eight years old and after finishing high school, Penny Wong went to the University of Adelaide to undertake a degree studying Arts/Law.

In 1988, she joined the Australian Labor Party, prior to graduating university in 1992. Between 1995 and 1996, Penny worked as an advisor to the NSW State Government, with her specialist field being that of forest policy. After graduating university, Penny Wong became a member of the Australian Labor Party’s State Executive, with this came the an office to work as a legal officer with the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union.

In 2001, Penny Wong ran for pre-selection for the Senate. She was selected on the Australian Labor Party’s South Australian branch and became a member of EMILY’S List Australia, which is a support network for Labor women. Shortly after this, Penny Wong and her family were rocked by the death of her brother, who committed suicide only ten days after her election into Senate, when he was thirty years old.

Penny Wong was later appointed Shadow Minister for Employment and Workforce Participation in June 2005, as well as taking on the responsibility of Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Responsibility. In December 2006, Penny Wong also added to her portfolio that of Public Administration and Accountability.

Later, in November 2001, after the victory of the Australian Labor Party in the federal election, Penny Wong was then appointed Minister for Climate Change and Water, making her the first in that role and the highest ranked politician representing South Australia.

Not only this, but Penny Wong is also the first Asian-born federal minister, and the first gay member of an Australian Commonwealth cabinet.

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