Category Archives: Leadership

Rosie Batty named Australian of the Year

Since 2013 Rosie Batty has been a champion for the prevention of domestic violence – having lost her son Luke that year. She has become an inspirational leader who speaks candidly about her experience and the need for further action … Continue reading

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Robyn Walker was announced as the first woman in the Royal Australian Navy to attain the rank of Rear Admiral

In December 2011, in the centenary year of the Royal Australian Navy, Robyn Walker was announced as the first woman in the Navy to attain the rank of Rear Admiral and to take on the job of Surgeon General for … Continue reading

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First female Premier in Tasmania – Lara Giddings

Lara Giddings became Tasmania’s first female Premier. When Lara Giddings was elected to Parliament in 1996, she was the youngest person ever elected to Parliament.

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First Indigenous woman elected to a UN body – Megan Davis

International Human Rights lawyer Megan Davis became the first Indigenous woman elected to a United Nations body. Ms Davis will sit on the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which advises on issues such as economic and social development, … Continue reading

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Youngest person to become leader of a political party – Natasha Stott Despoja

Senator Natasha Stott Despoja was elected leader of the Australian Democrats and, at 32, became the youngest person of any party to hold such a position.

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Lowitja O’Donoghue honoured

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, was awarded the CBE, AM for public service and leadership to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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First female vice-regal representative appointed – Dame Roma Mitchell

Dame Roma Mitchell became the first female vice-regal representative in Australian when she was appointed Governor of South Australia.

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First female High Court Judge appointed – Mary Gaudron

Mary Gaudron was appointed to the High Court in February 1987. She was the first woman appointed to the Court.

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Joan Child became first female Speaker of the Federal House

Joan Child was the first female member of the Australian Labor Party to be elected to the federal Parliament, as Member for the seat of Henty in 1974. She lost her seat in the 1975 election, but regained it in … Continue reading

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First woman to head a government department – Pat O’Shane

When Patricia O’Shane was appointed permanent head of the New South Wales Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in 1981, she became not only the first Aboriginal person but also the first woman to become a permanent head of ministry in Australia. … Continue reading

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