Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Female Leaders of Australia Parties

Also see Australia Ministers

1947-49 Opposition Whip (Liberal) in the Senate Dame Annabella Rankin
1951-66 Government Whip in the Senate
Senator 1947-71, Minister of Housing 1966-71, High Commissioner to New Zealand 1971-76. She lived (1908-1986)  

1980 President of the Communist Party Judy Mundy

1984-85, 1986-87, 1988-91, 1996-? President of Australian Democrats Heather Southcotts

1985-90 Deputy Senate Leader of the National Party Senator Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen

1985-91 Government Whip (Labor) June E. Appley

1986-90 Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Democrats Senator Janine Haines
Senator 1977-90. She lived (1945-2004).

1987-95 Opposition Whip in the Senate Margaret Reid

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate 1982-83 and Deputy Opposition Whip (Liberal) 1983-87. 1997-2002 Senate President

1988-89 President of the Party of the Liberal Party Fran Bailey
She was Vice-President in 1987.

1990-91 Parliamentary Leader of  the Australian Democrats Senator Janet Powell

1990-? Chairperson of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (Caucus) Carolyn Jakobsen

1993-97 Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Democrats Senator Cheryl Kernot
She became MP for Labor in 1998.

1995-98 Co-Parliamentary Leader of the Greens of Western Australia in The Federal Senate Christabel Chamarette

1995-98 Co-Parliamentary Leader of the Greens of Western Australia in The Federal Senate Dee Margetts

1996-2002 Chairman and Leader of One Nation Pauline Hanson
1996-98 Parliamentary Leader
2007- Leader of the United Australia Party

1996-? National President of Progressive Labor Party Mary Lupi

1997-2001 Parliamentary Leader of Australian Democrats Senator Meg Lees
2003-05 Leader of Australian Progressive Alliance
She was excluded from the Democrats in 2002 and later founded the new party but failed to be reelected to the Senate in 2005.

1997-2001 Deputy Parliamentary Leader of Australian Democrats Senator Natasha Stott Despoja
2001-02 Leader
She became Australia's youngest parliamentarian when she was elected to the senate 1995 where she sat until 2008. She stood against the incumbent leader, Meg Lees and won 2001. (b. 1969-)

Circa 2000 President of National Party Helen Dickie

Circa 2001-02 Party Whip Australia Democrats in the Senate Vicki Bowne

2001-06 Deputy Leader of Labor and of the Opposition Jenny Macklin
Various posts in the Shadow Ministry and
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 2007. (b. 1953-).

2002-04 President of the Australian Democrats Liz Oss-Emer

2002-06 Chief Opposition Whip (Labor) in the House of Representatives Janice Ann Crosio
(Of Labor) Former Temporary Chairperson of Committees

2002-06 Government Whip (Liberal) in the House of Representatives Johanna Gash
Former Temporary Chairperson of Committees.

2002-06 Opposition Whip (Labor) in the Senate Susan Mary Mackay

2002-04 Deputy Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Democrats and Whip in the Senate Lyn Allison
2004-07 Leader of the Democrats
Her full name is Lynette Fay. Her party lost all their seats in the Senate in the 2007-elections and will leave when the new Senate is sworn in July 2008. (b. 1946-).

2002-04 President of the Australian Democrats Liz Oss-Emer

2003-06 Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives Julia Gillard
2006-10 Deputy Leader of Labor
2010-13 Leader of Labour
Shadow Minister for Health, Deputy Prime Minister
2007-10 and Prime Minister 2010-13.

2004-05 President of the Australian Labor Party Carmen Lawrence
Premier of Western Australia in 1990, Minister in the Federal Government 1994 and was member of the Shadow Government 2000-2002 and Federal MP until 2007. (b. 1948-).

2004-05 Leader of The Family First Party Andrea Mason
Daughter of a pastor of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship.

2004-06 President of the Australian Democrats Nina Burridge

2005-08 President of the Liberal Party Chris McDiven

2006-07 Government Whip in the Senate (Liberal Party) Jeannie Ferris

2006-07 Opposition Deputy Whip (Labor) in the Senate Ruth Stephanie Webber

2006-07 Opposition Whip (Labor) in the House of Representatives Jill Griffiths Hall

2006-07 Opposition Deputy Whip in the Senate (Labor) Linda Jean Kirk
Also Temporary Chairperson of Committeees (Assistant Speaker)

2006- Australian Greens Whip in the Senate Rachel Siewert

2007- Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Julie Bishop
Minister for Ageing 2003-06 and
2006-07 Minister for Education, Science and Training, and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues and Foreign Minister from 2013.

2008-12 Deputy Leader of the Greens Christine Milne
2012-15 Party Leader
Leader of the Green Party in Tasmania 1993-2000. Senator since 2005.

2010-13 Opposition Whip (Liberal) in the House of Representatives Nola Bethwyn Marino
Government Whip from 2013.

2010-11 President of Labour Anna Bligh
Former Treasurer and Premier of Queensland

2011- President of Labour Jenny McAllister

2013- Deputy Leader of Labour and Deputy Leader of the Oppositoin Tanya Plibersek
Labor MP from 1998 and Cabinet Member 2007-13 and appointed Shadow Foreign Minister in 2013.

2013- Leader of Labour and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Penny Wong
 Labour Senator from 2001, Minister for Climate Change, Energy Effeciency and Water 2007-10 Minister of Finance and Deregulation 2010-13 as well as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Government in the Senate (Third in the Cabinet) in 2013. She is her country's first openly lesbian minister and is born in Malaysia as daughter of a Chinese father and Australian mother. (b. 1968-).

2013- Opposition Whip (Labour) Jill Griffiths Hall

2013- Opposition Whip (Labour) Joanne Ryan

 

 

 

Last updaten 10.05.15