Current Position (s)Senator
PartyAustralian Greens
Previous PositionState: Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for The Greens (NSW) from 2013 to 2018
Birthdate8 Juillet 1963
Location72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010


Parliamentary service

  • State: Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for The Greens (NSW) from 2013 to 2018.
  • Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 15.8.2018 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice L Rhiannon (resigned). Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2019.

Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Senators’ Interests from 13.9.2018 to 13.2.2019.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and Employment: Legislation from 21.8.2018; Education and Employment: References from 21.8.2018; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 1.8.2019 (Substitute member from 1.8.2019).
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 13.9.2018 to 11.4.2019; National Capital and External Territories from 13.9.2018 to 3.4.2019; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 22.7.2019.

Parliamentary party positions

  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Environment, Transport, Roads, Maritime and Freight, Status of Women, Multiculturalism, Animal Welfare, Drug and Harm Minimisation, Young People, Western Sydney and the NSW Mid North Coast.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson for Education, Local Government Housing, Industry, Animal Welfare, Gun Control, International Development and Employment and Workplace Relations (Senate) from 5.7.2019.

Party positions

  • Convenor of the Greens Women’s Group (NSW) from 2011 to 2013.
  • Candidate for the Greens in Heffron (NSW), 2012.


  • Born 8.7.1963, Pakistan
  • Married

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BE(Civil)(Hons) (University of Engineering and Technology (Pakistan))
  • DEnvEng (University of New South Wales)
  • MESc (University of New South Wales)
  • Research Fellow/Research Assistant, UNSW from January 1993 to February 1999.
  • Environmental Engineer, Sinclair Knight Merz from March 1999 to June 2001.
  • Manager Natural Resources/Environmental Engineer, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (NSW) from August 2001 to August 2004.
  • Director and Lecturer, Institute of Environmental Studies (UNSW) from August 2004 to April 2008.
  • Manager of Environment and Services, Mosman Council (NSW) from January 2009 to August 2010.
  • Associate Professor and Academic Director MBT, Australian School of Management (UNSW) from September 2010 to June 2013.
  • Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 2013 to 2018.

Local government service

  • Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for The Greens (NSW) from 2013 to 2018.


  • UNSW Faculty of Engineering Award for Leadership, 2013.
  • No. 5 in Fairfax Daily Media Life’s list of top 20 women, 2013.
  • Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia, 2015.
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, 2017.
  • Grand Stirrer at the 20th Edna Ryan Awards for the #End12 abortion decriminalisation campaign, 2017.


  • M Faruqi and R Ryan, Transforming watercycle management: a case study in the mid-north coast of NSW. Ozwater Sydney 2007
  • R Harding, CM Hendriks and M Faruqi, Environmental Decision-Making – Exploring complexity and context. Federation Press Sydney 2009
  • Achieving systematic change for sustainability through enabling effective Community Education and Engagement NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW 2009
  • M Faruqi, Embracing complexity to enable change, in D Rigling Gallagher, N Christiansen and P Andrews [eds], Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook, volume 2, pp. 772-781 Sage Thousand Oaks, California, USA 2012


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