THIS month, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore celebrated 10 years since she was popularly elected to office as an independent candidate.

A longtime ally of the LGBTI community in Sydney and nationally, before she became the Lord Mayor of one Australia’s richest city councils, Cr Moore already had a burgeoning career in NSW politics.

She was first elected as the independent MP for the seat of Bligh in 1988 and remained in state politics until 2012, when she stepped down due to new laws that prevented NSW MPs from holding positions in councils and state parliament simultaneously.

In 1991, the Star Observer had a front page plus a double-page feature on Cr Moore’s first re-election to state parliament (see images below), in which Sydney’s LGBTI community played a part in boosting her vote count. 

It was also this election that, along with two other independent MPs, saw her gain the balance of power in state parliament.

Her increased profile as a politician paved the way for her in local politics as well as help her retain her state electorate, which was renamed Sydney in 2007 after a redistribution of electoral boundaries.

When she stepped down from state politics in 2012, the by-election that ensued saw Alex Greenwich, her endorsed candidate and former national convenor of Australian Marriage Equality, take over her as the new Sydney state independent MP.

Star Observer Friday, May 31 (SOURCE: Star Observer archives)

Star Observer (formerly known as Sydney Star Observer) Friday, May 31 front page (SOURCE: Star Observer archives)

 

Star Observer Friday, May 31 (SOURCE: Star Observer archives)

Star Observer’s Friday, May 31 edition (SOURCE: Star Observer archives)

 

Star Observer's Friday, May 31 edition (SOURCE: Star Observer archives)

Star Observer’s Friday, May 31 edition shows how Sydney’s LGBTI community helped boost Clover Moore’s career in the early days (SOURCE: Star Observer archives)

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