Natalie Suleyman MP was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2014, as the representative for the electorate of St Albans in Melbourne’s West and is a proud member of the Andrews Labor Government.
The district of St Albans includes the suburbs of Ardeer, Albion, Sunshine, Sunshine North, Kealba, St Albans and Keilor Downs.
Ms Suleyman is the daughter of migrants of Turkish Cypriot background from Cyprus and is the first Cypriot of Turkish heritage and first Muslim female to be elected to the Parliament of Victoria.
Ms Suleyman is passionate about multicultural communities and is an advocate for the increase of diversity in all levels of government and the corporate sector (You can’t be what you can’t see).
In 2019, Ms Suleyman was appointed Chair of the Legislative Assembly Legal and Social Issues Committee. The current inquiries are:
• Early Childhood Engagement of CALD Communities.
• Support Services and Responses to the Issue of Historical Forced Adoption in Victoria.
• Anti-Vilification Protections.
Ms Suleyman is also the Co-Convenor of the Victorian Parliamentary Friends of Poland and the Secretary of the Victorian Parliamentary Friends of Turkey. Ms Suleyman is also Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
In 2018, Ms Suleyman was honoured to be a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, which was presented by the President of the Republic of Poland. In 2019, Ms Suleyman was awarded the Henryk Sławik Award from the Australian Society of Polish Jews and Their Descendants.
Previously, Ms Suleyman served as a local Councillor at Brimbank City Council, including three terms as Mayor. She was awarded the Certificate of Outstanding Service – Mayor Emeritus by the MAV and received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence – Local Government.