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Adam Searle

Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Energy

NSW Government

Member of the NSW Legislative Council
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Energy, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Shadow Minister for Planning & Better Living, Shadow Minister for the North Coast
Member of the Australian Labor Party
Adam Searle has been an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since May 2011. Adam was born in Sydney and raised on the far north coast of NSW. He returned to Sydney to complete school and attended Sydney University. Adam joined the ALP in 1985 and has been an active member since, holding various positions at branch and electorate council levels. He has frequently been a delegate to the NSW Annual Conference and in 2004 was a delegate to the National Conference. He served as a Councillor on Blue Mountains City Council from September 1999 until September 2012 and was Mayor from September 2008 until September 2010. In 2001, he was the Labor Candidate for the federal electorate of Macquarie.
Adam worked for NSW Labor in opposition from 1994-1995 and was Chief of Staff to NSW Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations Jeff Shaw from 1995 to 2000, Adam worked on the Industrial Relations Act 1996 that was used as a model by other State Labor governments, as well being involved in significant law reform across a range of areas such as anti-discrimination, occupational health and safety and special laws for those suffering asbestos and related illnesses to ensure they receive quick and fair trials.
In 2000, Adam commenced practicing law as a barrister in the areas of employment and industrial law and has been involved in a number of leading cases including the pay equity case for childcare workers. He was one of the expert panel of lawyers appointed by the NSW Government to examine the law relating to workplace deaths, which led to the enactment of legislation dealing specifically with workplace fatalities in 2005.
He resides in the Blue Mountains with his partner and their three children.