Worldwide Guide to Women
Female Australia Local Leaders
Female suffrage 1895 Suffrage and right to strand in South Australia, Universal federal Suffrage 1902, all territories 1908, Aboriginals 1962
1991-96 Governor H.E.The Hon.
Dame Roma Flinders Mitchell, South Australia
Former Judge on the Supreme Court of South Australia. She lived (1918-2000)
1992-97 Governor H.E. The Hon. M.M. Leneen Forde, Queensland
1997-2000 Lieutenant Governor Professor Adrienne Elizabeth Clarke, Victoria
A scientist with the Plant Cell Biology Research Center at the University of Melbourne from 1982, received a Personal Chair in Botany at the University of Melbourne in 1985. (b. 1938-)
2001-14 Governor H.E. The Hon. Dr. Dame Marie Bashir, Lady Shehadie, New South Wales
2001-07 Governor H.E. The Hon. Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, South Australia
2002- Deputy of the Administrator Pat Miller, Northern Territory
2003 Acting Administrator (October-November)
2003-08 Governor H.E. The Hon. Dr Quentin Bryce, Queensland
Governor General of Australia 2008-14.
2006- Lieutenant Governor Marilyn Warren, Victoria
As Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria she acts as the deputy to the governor in his or her absence.
2008-14 Governor H.E. The Hon. Dr. Penny Wensley, Queensland
Ambassador for the Environment 1992-95, Permanent Representative to UN in Génève and Ambassador of Disarmament 1993-95, Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1997-2001, Ambassador to India 2001-04, to Bhutan 2003-04, to France 2004-08 and Governor of Queensland from 2008. (b. 1946-).
2011- Administrator Her Honor The Hon Sally Thomas, Northern Territory
First female Magistrate 1978-86, first Chief Magistrate 1986-92 and first female Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory 1992 -2009. (b 1939-)
2014- Governor H.E. The Hon. Kerry Sanderson, Western Australia
A former business woman, she was Agent-General of Western Australia in London 2008-12. (b. 1950-)
2014- Governor H.E. The Hon. Kate Warner, Tasmania
2015- Governor H.H. The Hon. Linda Dessau, Victoria
1989 and 1991-95 Chief Minister The Hon Rosemary Follett, Australian Capital Territory
1990-92 Premier The Hon. Joan Kirner, Victoria
1990-93 Premier The Hon. Carmen Lawrence, Western Australia
1995-2000 Premier The Hon. Kate Carnell, Australian Capital Territory
2001-07 Chief Minister The Hon. Clare Martin, Northern Territory
She also held various other portfolios until she resigned because of a scandal. From 2005 the Oppostion Leader is Jodeen Carney of the Liberals.
2007-12 Premier The Hon. Anna Bligh, Queensland
Minister of Disability Services and Families, Youth and Community Care until 2000. Education Minister 2000-05 and Minister of Arts 2004-05, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Minister for State Development, Trade and Innovation 2005-07 and Labour Leader 2007-12.
2009-11 Premier The Hon. Kristina Keneally, New South
Minister for Ageing and Disability Services 2006-09 and Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Redfern Waterloo 2008-09, Labour Leader 2009-11. (b. in USA 1968-).
2011-14 Premier The Hon. Lara Giddings, Tasmania
Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts 2004-06, Minister of Health and Human Services 2006-10, Deputy Premier 2008-11, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and for the Arts 2010-11 and Treasurer since 2010. (b. 1972 in Papua New Guinea)
2011 Acting Chief Minister Katy Gallagher,
Australian Capital Territory
2011-14 Chief Minister
Minister of Education 2004-06 and Deputy Labour Leader and Deputy Chief Minister since 2006 and Treasurer and Minister of Industrial Relations from 2008. As Deputy she acted after the resignation of the former Chief of Government. Mother of 2 children, the youngest born in 2006. (b. 1970-).
2015- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland
Minister for Disabilites 2009-11, Minister for Multicultural Affairs 2009-12, Minister for Transport 2011-12, Leader of Labour from 2012 and Opposition Leader 2012-15. The Deputy Premier is Jackie Trad. (b. 1969-)
2017- Premier Gladys Berejiklian, New South Wales
Minister for Transport 2011-15, Deputy Leader 2014-17 and Leader of the Liberal Party from 2017, Treasurer and Minister of Industrial Relations 2015-17
1996-98 Joan Sheldon, Queensland
Treasurer and Minister for The Arts and Women's Policy 1996-98, Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party 1991-98.
1996-98 ue Napier, Tasmania
Parliamentary Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party from 1999.
2005-07 Anna Bligh, Queensland
She was Minister for Finance, Minister for State Development, Trade and Innovation. Minister of Disability Services and Families, Youth and Community Care until 2000. Education Minister 2000-05 and Minister of Arts 2004-05 and Premier and Labour Leader 2007-12.
2006-11 Katy Gallagher, Australian Capital Territory
2011 Acting Chief Minister
Minister of Education 2004-06 and of Health from 2006 and Deputy Labour Leader until she took over as Leader and Chief Minister. Mother of 2 children, the youngest born in 2006. (b. 1970-).
2007-09 Marion Scrymgour, North West Territories
Apart from being Deputy Chief Minister, she is also Indigenous Affairs Minister. When she became Minister for the first time in 2003, she was the first indigenous woman to become a minister in an Australian government. (b. 1960-).
2008-11 Lara Giddings, Tasmania
Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts 2004-06, Minister of Health and Human Services 2006-10, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and for the Arts 2010-11 and Treasurer since 2010. (b. 1972 in Papua New Guinea)
2008-11 Carmel Tebbutt, New South Wales
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Delia Lawrie, North West Territories
Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer and held a number of other posts. Leader of Labour and Opposition Leader 2012-15. (b. 1966-)
2012-13 Robyn Lambley, Northern Territory
Treasurer from 2012 and Deputy Chief Minister 2012-13
2015- Jackie Trad, Queensland
Also Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, and Minister for Trade. The Premier is Annastacia Palaszczuk. (b. 1972-)
Speakers of Legislatures
1986-89 President of the Legislative Council Anne Levy, South Australia
Member of the Council 1975-97 and held various Ministerial positions 1989-93. (b. 1934-).
1992-94 Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Roberta McRae, Australian Capital Territory
2001-05 Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Loraine M. Braham, Northern Territory
1998-99 President of the Legislative Council Virginia Anne Chadwick, New South Wales
The Legislative Council is the Upper House. A former Minister, she lived (1944-2009)
1999-2007 President of the Legislative Council Dr. Meredith Burgmann, MA, PhD, New South Wales
The Legislative Council is the Upper House
2000-01 Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Megan A. Anwyl, Western Australia
2002-06 President of the
Legislative Council Mona Gould, Victoria
Former Minister of Education. The Legislative Council is the Upper House
2002-06 Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Judy Madisson, Victoria
Former Deputy Speaker of the Lower House.
2005-12 Speaker of the
Legislative Assembly Jane Aagaard,
She was Minister of Health and Community Service 2001-04.
2006-10 Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Jenny Lindell, Victoria
Acting (Deputy) Speaker 2003-06.
2008-13 President of the Legislative Council Sue Smith, Tasmania
2009-11 President of the Legislative
Council Amanda Ruth Fazio, New South Wales
Deputy Government Whip (Labour) 2001-03, Chair of Committees of the Legislative Council 2003-07 and Deputy President of the Council and Chair of Committees 2007-09. (b. 1954-)
2010-14 Speaker of the House of Assembly
Lyn Breuer, South Australia
The Deputy Speaker was Chloe Fox.
2011- Speaker of the Legislative
Assembly Shelley Hancock,
New South Wales
2012- Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Kezia Purick, Northern Territories
Deputy Leader of the Country Liberals 2008-12
2012- Speaker of the Parliament Fiona Simpson, Queensland
When the Liberal Party lost the State elections in 2015, she was candidate for the leadership and post of Acting Premier.
2012- Speaker of the Legislative Council Vicki Dunne, Australian Capital Territory
2014- Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer, Tasmania
2014 Speaker of the House of Assembly Christine Fyffe, Victoria
Other leading local women
of the Government in the Legislative Council
Phyllis Benjamin, Tasmania
Labor Member of the upper house 1952-76, Deputy Leader of the House 1956-1968 and 1972-1976. She lived (1907-96)
Last update 23.01.17