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Wooldridge, Mary (1967 - )

29 July 1967
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Mary Wooldridge was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Doncaster in November 2006, representing the Liberal Party. She was Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Drug Abuse and Aged Care. She was re- elected in November 2010 and was a Minister in the Liberal Government, holding the portfolios of Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Service. On the defeat of the Liberal Government in November 2014, she now holds the Shadow portfolio of Health and is Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council.


Mary Wooldridge completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree at the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration at Harvard University. She took on employment with consultants McKinsey & Co., and became an Executive Director with media organisation Publishing & Broadcasting Limited (PBL). She was also a Senior Advisor to the Hon. Nick Minchin, Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, and was elected MLA for Doncaster in 2006.

Wooldridge has served as Chief Executive Officer of The Foundation for Young Australians, and retains a strong interest in community participation and volunteering as well as women's health. She has been Deputy Chair of Foundation Boroondara, and Director of The Otis Foundation.

Sources used to compile this entry:;; [accessed 26 July 2007] [accessed 2016-05-10].

Barbara Lemon

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