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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Marion Scrymgour
Name: Scrymgour, Marion Rose
Also known as: Scrymgour, Marion
Place of Birth: Darwin
Date of Birth: 1960-02-26
Cultural heritage: Indigenous Australian
Occupation: Politician
Biographical notes: Marion was born to a Tiwi-woman Claire Mollimini and Jack Scrymgour in Darwin. Through her mother Marion has inherited Tiwi identity and obligations as a member of the Maradui Skin Group. Marion is married to David Dalrymple and has three children, Cherise, Richard and Helen. Marion attended St. Paul’s primary school in Nightcliff and St. Mary’s in Darwin CBD.She attended secondary school in Sydney at Our Lady of Sacred Heart College and St. John’s College in Darwin. As a mature-age student Marion has undertaken correspondence courses in book-keeping, accounting, administration and health economics. Her employment has included administration duties at Batchelor College and the Northern Land Council and Office Manager at the Nguiu Community Government Council. She then went to be Director, Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation and co-ordinated community care trials for Commonwealth and Territory Governments in health service provision in the Katherine West Region. Prior to her election, Marion was a Director of Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation. Marion joined Australian politics in 2001. She has been a member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly since 2001, representing the electorate of Arafura. She was the Labor Party Labor Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory from November 2007 until February 2009, and was the highest-ranked indigenous person in government in Australia's history. She was also the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Northern Territory Parliament. Scrymgour had a rapid rise within the party throughout the 2000s, and despite a reputation for outspoken views on indigenous issues, rose to become Deputy Chief Minister under Paul Henderson. She had a controversial term as Education Minister under Henderson, and was shifted to the Attorney-General portfolio in February 2009. Several days later, she resigned from Cabinet and as Deputy Chief Minister, citing "health reasons". Scrymgour remained on the Labor backbench until June 2009, when she resigned from the Labor Party over its stance on supporting remote indigenous communities. She sat in the Legislative Assembly as an independent, and held the balance of power; Labor had held only a one-seat majority before her departure. On 4 August 2009, Scrymgour rejoined the ALP.
Related link: "NT deputy Scrymgour makes history", The Age, 26 November, 2007.
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