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Luke Foley Biography, Wiki, Age, Wife (Edel McKenna), Children, Net Worth, Sexual Assault Allegations by Ashleigh Raper

Luke Foley accused of Sexual Assault by ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper

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Luke Foley Bio

Luke Aquinas Foley was born on 27th July 1970. He is an Australian politician who served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of New South Wales and as parliamentary leader of the New South Wales branch of the Labor Party from 2015 to 2018. Foley was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 19 June 2010 until his resignation to contest the Legislative Assembly seat of Auburn at the 2015 New South Wales election. On 8th November 2018, Foley resigned after it was alleged that he had sexually harassed an ABC journalist.
Luke Foley Personal details
Luke Foley Age She was born on 27th July 1970 (age 48) in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Luke Foley Nationality Australian
Luke Foley Political party NSW Labor
Luke Foley Wife Edel McKenna
Luke Foley Children Three ( Aoife, Niamh and Patrick)
Luke Foley Education University of New South Wales
Luke Foley Net Worth He has an estimated Net Worth of $ 1.4 Million as of 2018
37th Leader of the Opposition in New South Wales Elections: 2015
In office 5 January 2015 – 8 November 2018
Premier Mike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
Deputy Linda Burney
Michael Daley
Preceded by John Robertson
Succeeded by Vacant
The leader of the Labor Party in New South Wales
In office 5 January 2015 – 8 November 2018
Deputy Linda Burney
Michael Daley
Preceded by John Robertson
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
19 June 2010 – 6 March 2015
Preceded by Ian Macdonald
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Auburn
Incumbent
Assumed office
28 March 2015
Preceded by Barbara Perry

Luke Foley Early years and education

Foley was born in Sydney, and as from the age of seven, he was raised solely by his mother. In an interview conducted when he became NSW Opposition Leader, Foley stated his mother instilled in him a triple faith of “the Labor Party, the Catholic Church and the Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club”.

Foley was active in student representative politics at university and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, the first in his family to attend university.

Foley is a keen cricketer. In 1999 he worked as an accredited Triple J cricket correspondent reporting from the Australian/West Indies series in the Caribbean.

Luke Foley Career

Foley began working while a student as a telemarketer for the Guide Dog Association of NSW 1988–90. He became NSW President of the National Union of Students 1991 and then worked in the office of Labor Senator Bruce Childs 1992–96.

From 1996 to 2000, he was a union organiser with the NSW branch of the Australian Services Union and became the Secretary of that branch between 2000 and 2003. This involved representing the interests of charity and drug and alcohol rehabilitation workers.

Foley was a member of Labor’s left faction, before his appointment to the Legislative Council, He was the assistant general secretary of the New South Wales Labor Party from 2003 to 2010.

Foley is an avid sports fan. He was a sportswriter for The Punch from 2009.

Luke Foley Political career

Foley was appointed to the Legislative Council to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ian Macdonald. He describes himself as a “practising Catholic on the Left of politics.”

Foley voted in favour of same-sex adoption bill in 2010 and 2015 announced his support behind federal legislation for same-sex marriage. Foley said: “I have an open mind. I continue to talk to many people, including gay and lesbian friends of mine about this issue”.

After the resignation of John Robertson as leader of the parliamentary Labor Party, Foley contested the leadership in the vote held on 5th January 2015. After the withdrawal of Michael Daley and Steve Whan as leadership contenders, Foley was elected unopposed. He was endorsed as the Labor candidate for the safe Labor seat of Auburn at the 2015 state election after the incumbent member Barbara Perry stood aside to allow him to transfer to the lower house from the Legislative Council. He went on to win the seat, however, with a small swing against his party in the electorate. Foley failed to pick up a 14-seat swing and recovered much of what Labor had lost four years earlier. Notably, Labor regained many seats in its longstanding heartlands of West Sydney, the Central Coast, and the Hunter that had been swept up by the Coalition. It reduced the Coalition majority from 22 seats to seven.

Luke Foley Sexual Assault Allegations by Ashleigh Raper

In October 2018, ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper released a statement, alleging Luke Foley Sexually assaulted her.

In her statement she states;

In November 2016 I attended an official Christmas function at New South Wales Parliament House for state political reporters, politicians and their staff.

This is what happened on that night.

The party moved from Parliament House to Martin Place Bar after a number of hours.

Later in the evening, Luke Foley approached a group of people, including me, to say goodnight.

He stood next to me.

He put his hand through a gap in the back of my dress and inside my underpants.

He rested his hand on my buttocks. I completely froze.

This was witnessed by Sean Nicholls, who was then the state political editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and is now an ABC journalist.

Luke Foley is reported to have reached out to Ashleigh Raper days before his resignation on 8th November 2018 to apologize for the act.

ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper
ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper

Luke Foley Wife(Edel McKenna) and Children

Foley is married to Edel McKenna and the couple has three children ( Aoife, Niamh and Patrick).

Luke Foley with Wife and Children
Luke Foley with Wife and Children

Luke Foley Personal Activities

Luke is a member of the Summer Hill Seniors Cricket Club, a member of the Sydney Cricket Ground since 1992, and an executive member of the Victor Trumper Society. Luke is also a loyal supporter of the Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club.

Foundation Member GWS Giants AFL team, Member of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Executive Member of the Victor Trumper Society, Member of the Australian Services Union, Member of the Australian Fabian Society, Member of the Evatt Foundation.

Luke’s other community activities include:

  • Member of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens
  • Executive Member of the Victor Trumper Society
  • Member of the Australian Services Union
  • Member of the Australian Fabian Society
  • Member of the Evatt Foundation
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