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Trent Zimmerman is an Australian politician. He was elected to succeed Joe Hockey as the Liberal Party of Australia member of the House of Representatives seat of North Sydney at the 2015 by-election. Zimmerman is one of eight openly LGBT current members of the Parliament of Australia and the first openly LGBTI member of the House of Representatives.
Zimmerman was a vice-president and acting president of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party of Australia and was also previously Deputy Chief Executive and Director, Transport Policy, of the Tourism and Transport Forum of Australia. He is a member of the board of Epilepsy Action Australia.
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Trent Moir Zimmerman was born on October 15, 1968 (age 53 years) in Sydney, Australia. He is one of two children of Roy and Brenda Zimmerman. His father, Roy Zimmerman OAM, was Master-in-Charge of the GPS preparatory school Wyvern House from 1966 until 1996. Zimmerman attended Newington College, commencing in Wyvern House in 1974 and completing his HSC in 1986.
Trent Zimmerman became a ministerial adviser in the federal government of John Howard in the environment and heritage portfolio and later as an adviser to the Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey after working in the Parliament of New South Wales. He was President of the Young Liberal Movement of NSW from 1992 to 1993.
Zimmerman was a councillor on North Sydney Council for two terms until the local government elections of 2012. During his time as a councillor, Zimmerman lived openly as a gay man and worked actively on LGBTI issues, describing the de-funding of the NorthAIDS program as “unforgivable”. He also served as Vice President of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association.
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In the September 2008 Council Elections, Zimmerman ran for the position of Mayor of North Sydney, against the long-serving incumbent, Genia McCaffery who had been in office since 1995. He was unsuccessful, getting 40% of the vote, and later commented that “I worked very hard at it and I have no qualms at the issues I raised”.
Trent Zimmerman advocated on environmental issues around developments during his time at Council, including leading opposition to a controversial development in Vale Street, Cammeray. In 2012, Zimmerman was anointed as the Liberal left’s candidate for the state parliament seat of North Shore held by Jillian Skinner; but Skinner decided to stay on in parliament, deferring Zimmerman’s political ambitions.
Zimmerman founded the North Sydney Innovation Network in 2016, to promote and enhance the fast-growing contribution of innovation-related businesses on the lower north shore of Sydney, bringing together people in business from different industries and sectors.
Trent Zimmerman was preselected for the Liberal Party for the 2015 North Sydney by-election, which was triggered by the retirement of Joe Hockey. Zimmerman had a considerable 12.8% swing against him on primary votes but suffered only a 5.6% swing in the two candidates preferred vote.
Zimmerman won the two-candidate vote of 60.2 percent against independent Stephen Ruff. In the two subsequent elections, Zimmerman has had relatively similar two-party results to the by-election with 63.6% in 2016 and 59.3% in 2019. Zimmerman was sworn into parliament on 2 February 2016.
Trent Zimmerman is a member of the Moderate/Modern Liberal faction of the Liberal Party. Zimmerman has advocated strongly for LGBTI issues. He is one of eight openly LGBTI current members of the Parliament of Australia and the first openly LGBTI member of the House of Representatives.
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Zimmerman has indicated he will speak out on LGBTI issues and declared his support for gay marriage in Australia and stated “I would have supported a free vote and preferred it to be decided by the Parliament. But that’s the path we are going to go down so I will be strongly advocating, both in North Sydney and more broadly, a Yes vote for that plebiscite”.
On 10 February 2022, Zimmerman crossed the floor with four other Liberal MPs to include protection for transgender students in the government’s modifications to the Sex Discrimination Act.
Trent Zimmerman’s preselection raised questions, with now-suspended party member Juris Laucis describing the process as “undemocratic” and “a stitch-up” and reform activist and former Liberal party member John Ruddick called for Liberal voters feeling disenfranchised to send a message to the party by giving Zimmerman their last preference.
Political journalist Peter Hartcher attributed his preselection to his being an ally of Michael Photios, “the power behind the NSW machine”. He was also accused of racial discrimination when he accused others of “racial branch stacking”.
Other questions about his preselection were raised since Zimmerman was also the head of the body that sets the rules for party elections, a position his opponents described as a “complete conflict of interest.” Ted Mack, the former independent member for North Sydney and Hockey’s predecessor in the seat, ran a campaign against Trent Zimmerman on behalf of Stephen Ruff, the independent who ran second in the by-election.
North Sydney swimming pool
In early 2020, it emerged that a program of the Morrison Government that was supposed to give money for local sports infrastructure was being used to further their own political goals, with many projects deemed worthy not receiving any money, in what came to be known as the sports rorts affair.
One project that received a lot of attention was the North Sydney swimming pool which received $10 million even though that money was earmarked for rural and regional communities. Trent Zimmerman advocated for the money for his electorate and then defended the government’s use of the money.
Trent Zimmerman doesn’t have a wife but his domestic partner is Carlos Toledo. They have no son or daughter as speculated. Zimmerman’s salary for 2022 ranges from $162,574 to $475,483, but with bonuses, benefits and various other compensation, he made significantly more than his salary in the year 2020.
Trent Zimmerman net worth
How much is Trent Zimmerman worth? Trent Zimmerman net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his career as a politician. Zimmerman successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential politicians in Australia.