Fox is the daughter of Australian children's author, Mem Fox and teacher Malcolm Fox. Fox attended Blackwood High School in Adelaide's south and attended the University of Adelaide and the City University, London.
In late 2009, Fox announced she was pregnant, with the birth due in March 2010, around the time of the 2010 state election. The father's identity has been kept confidential by Ms Fox following the breakdown of their longtime relationship. Her son, Theo, was born two months premature in January 2010.
Fox worked as a journalist at the Adelaide Advertiser for three and a half years, traveled to France, where she worked for Elle Online and UNESCO, before returning to Adelaide, where she undertook a Grad. dip in Education, and then worked as a high school teacher of English, French and History at Loreto College, Marryatville.
Fox was involved in politics from a young age, handing out Labor how-to-vote cards at the age of 14. Fox was linked with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA).
At the 2004 federal election, she stood against member Andrew Southcott in the safe Liberal seat of Boothby and achieved a 9.9 percent primary and 2 percent two-party swing. She subsequently ran in the marginal Liberal seat of Bright at the 2006 South Australian state election against shadow minister Angus Redford, who was attempting to switch from the Legislative Council to the House of Assembly. She was tipped to face a difficult battle, but won in a landslide, having achieved a 16.9 percent primary and 14.4 percent two-party swing—enough to turn Bright into a safe Labor seat in one stroke. She actually won enough primary votes to take the seat off the Liberals without the need for preferences.
In April 2010, Fox was appointed Deputy Speaker and the Chairman of Committees in the House of Assembly. In 2011 she was named as the SA Transport Services Minister. She was also appointed as Minister Assisting the Minister for the Arts. In the 2014 state election she was not returned to her seat.
Ms Fox, who held the seat of Bright for two terms until last year’s state election, has returned to her old profession and is a part-time time French teacher with two Year 8 classes at Brighton Secondary.
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The state election for the 51st Parliament of South Australia was held in the Australian state of South Australia on 18 March 2006, and was conducted by the independent State Electoral Office.
In the 47-seat South Australian House of Assembly, the Labor government was returned in a landslide with 28 seats from a 56.8 percent two-party-preferred vote, winning six seats which were previously Liberal, who were reduced to just 15 seats, the worst result in their history.
In the 22-seat South Australian Legislative Council, the balance of power has been continuously held by the crossbench since the 1985 election. With half of the seats up for election, Labor gained an additional seat at the expense of the Liberals, Nick Xenophon and No Pokies rose to prominence after unexpectedly winning a historic fifth of the entire statewide vote, the Greens won their first seat, Family First won their second seat to hold two seats, while the faltering Democrats failed to win a seat for the first time in their history.Andrew Southcott
Andrew John Southcott (born 15 October 1967) is an Australian politician and medical practitioner. He was the Liberal member for the House of Representatives seat of Boothby from the 1996 election until he stood down at the 2016 election.Angus Redford
Angus John Redford (born 16 September 1956) is a former South Australian politician. He was a Liberal Party member of the South Australian Legislative Council between 1993 and 2006.
Wayne Matthew, sitting member for Bright, retired at the 2006 state election. Redford won preselection over party vice-president Dean Hersey. Redford lost with a 34.4% first preference vote, with Labor candidate Chloë Fox winning from a 50.2% first preference vote and a 59.4% two-party vote from a 14.4% two-party swing. He is now a Barrister specialising in Criminal Law.Redford stood for local government election in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters in 2018 but was not elected.Blackwood High School
Blackwood High School is a co-educational secondary school located in Eden Hills, a south-eastern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme with six nearby primary schools and Diploma Programme as the "Mitcham Hills College". It is also a special interest high school that specialise in netball. Blackwood High also offers an enrichment program for identified "gifted" or "talented" students.Primary schools involved in the Mitcham Hills College are:
Belair Primary Schools
Bellevue Heights Primary School
Blackwood Primary School
Coromandel Valley Primary School
Eden Hills Primary School
Hawthorndene Primary SchoolThe school developed a resource with Sturt Police on "Teenage Parties" that has been adapted by Victorian private schools Scotch College and Toorak College. The Adelaide-based hip hop group, Hilltop Hoods, formed at Blackwood High School.
The school also has a canteen
The school is the site of the Blackwood Community Recreation Centre.Candidates of the 2006 South Australian state election
Candidates of the 2006 South Australian state election.Candidates of the 2010 South Australian state election
This is a list of candidates of the 2010 South Australian state election.Candidates of the 2014 South Australian state election
This is a list of candidates of the 2014 South Australian state election.David Speirs
David James Speirs (born 15 December 1984) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the South Australian House of Assembly since the 2014 state election, representing first Bright until 2018 and Black thereafter. Speirs has served as the Minister for Environment and Water in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.Division of Boothby
The Division of Boothby is an Australian electoral division in South Australia. The division was one of the seven established when the former Division of South Australia was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named after William Boothby (1829–1903), the Returning Officer for the first federal election.At the 2016 federal election, the seat covered 130 km², extending from Clarence Gardens and Urrbrae in the north to Marino and part of Happy Valley in the south, including the suburbs of Aberfoyle Park, Belair, Blackwood, Brighton, Daw Park, Eden Hills, Flagstaff Hill, Marion, Mitcham, Seacliff, St Marys and Panorama.Electoral district of Bright
Bright is a former electorate for the South Australian House of Assembly. It was named in honour of Charles Bright, at various times South Australian Supreme Court Judge, Flinders University Chancellor, Health Commission chairman, and Electoral Boundaries Commission chairman. Prior to its 2018 abolition, the seat covered southern coastal suburbs of Adelaide including Brighton, North Brighton, South Brighton, Hallett Cove, Hove, Kingston Park, Marino, Seacliff, Seacliff Park, and part of Somerton Park.
The electorate was created at the 1983 redistribution, to replace the abolished seat of Brighton, as a marginal Liberal seat with a notional one percent two-party margin. However, it was won by the Labor's Derek Robertson at the 1985 election, before being won by Liberal Wayne Matthew at the 1989 election. He held the seat until his retirement at the 2006 election. Liberal shadow minister Angus Redford left the South Australian Legislative Council to contest the seat but was defeated by Labor's Chloë Fox from a 14.4 percent swing, the largest in the state, amidst a statewide landslide averaging a 7.7 percent swing.
After the enactment of the "fairness clause," Bright's boundaries were frequently altered by the Electoral Commission of South Australia in order to produce "fairer" electoral boundaries. A shift of a few kilometres along O'Halloran Hill significantly altered the seat's political landscape. Moving the seat to the south shifted the margin in favour of Labor, while moving it to the north benefited the Liberals. As evidence of this, the redistribution ahead of the 2010 election pared Fox's margin from a safe 9.2 percent to a fairly safe 6.6 percent. At that election, the Liberals picked up a 6.2 percent swing, just short of picking up the seat, with Labor retaining the seat on a 0.4 percent margin, making Bright Labor's most marginal seat following the 2010 election. Liberal David Speirs won the seat from a 3.7 percent swing at the 2014 election; and its was abolished at the 2018 state election following the 2016 electoral redistribution.
Speirs decided to contest the electoral district of Black at the 2018 state election.Electoral results for the district of Bright
This is a list of electoral results for the Electoral district of Bright in South Australian state elections.Hove, South Australia
Hove is a coastal suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is situated north of Brighton, west of Warradale, and south of North Brighton. Running along the west of the suburb is the Esplanade, a street with numerous townhouses with views of the Gulf St Vincent. The suburb is bisected by its major thoroughfare, Brighton Road. Property prices are generally higher on the coastal side of Brighton Road.Leon Bignell
Leon William Kennedy Bignell (born 1966), Australian politician, is the member for Mawson representing the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party since the 2006 election.Loreto College, Marryatville
Loreto College Marryatville is an independent Catholic, day and boarding primary and high school for girls, located in Marryatville, an inner-eastern suburb of Adelaide located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the Adelaide city centre.
Established in 1905, the school is one of many around the world directed by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). It caters for some 1,000 students from Reception to Year 12, including 70 boarders.Mem Fox
Merrion Frances "Mem" Fox, AM (born Merrion Frances Partridge on 5 March 1946) is an Australian writer of children's books and an educationalist specialising in literacy. Fox has been semi-retired since 1996, but still give seminars and lives in Adelaide, South Australia.Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2006–2010
This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2006 to 2010, as elected at the 2006 state election.
1 The Liberal member for Frome, Rob Kerin, resigned on 11 November 2008. Independent candidate Geoff Brock won the resulting by-election held on 17 January 2009.Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2010–2014
This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2010 to 2014, as elected at the 2010 state election and two 2012 by-elections.
1 The Labor member for Port Adelaide, former Deputy Premier and Treasurer Kevin Foley, resigned on 12 December 2011. Labor candidate Susan Close won the resulting by-election on 11 February 2012.
2 The Labor member for Ramsay, former Premier Mike Rann, resigned on 13 January 2012. Labor candidate Zoe Bettison won the resulting by-election on 11 February 2012.Wayne Matthew
Wayne Anthony Matthew (born 14 January 1958) is a former Australian politician. He was a member of the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Bright for the Liberal Party from 1989 to 2006.
Matthew was elected at the 1989 election, defeating Labor's Derek Robertson. Matthew was promoted to the opposition frontbench in 1990 and became a cabinet minister at the 1993 election when the Liberals won government. Two weeks after John Olsen successfully challenged Dean Brown for the premiership in 1996, Matthew was dropped from cabinet having refused to support Olsen becoming premier. Despite this, Matthew was re-appointed to cabinet following the 1997 election, until his party lost government under premier Rob Kerin at the 2002 election.
Matthew held many and varied cabinet and shadow portfolios from 1990 to 2005. In government, Matthew served at various times as a member of the Executive Council, Minister for Police, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for State Government Services, Minister for Administrative Services, Minister for Information Services, Minister for Year 2000 Compliance, Minister Assisting the Deputy Premier, and Minister for Minerals and Energy.
On 14 March 2005, Matthew announced that he would retire from Parliament at the 2006 election and in May 2005 subsequently stepped down from the shadow cabinet. Matthew was succeeded in Bright by Labor's Chloë Fox.
Matthew has worked as a Lobbyist since his retirement from Parliament.Weatherill Ministry
The Weatherill Ministry was the 72nd Ministry of the Government of South Australia, led by Jay Weatherill of the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party. It commenced on 21 October 2011, when Weatherill succeeded Mike Rann as Premier and Labor leader.