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- 1903 - 1911 - 1913 - 1920 - 1921 - 1929 - 1941 - 1943
A full list of women members of the Tasmanian Parliament and their terms may be viewed here.
The following women have been Tasmanian State Government Ministers.
The Commonwealth Franchise Act passed, enabling all women (with the exception of Aboriginal women in some States) who were British subjects, 21 years and older, to vote for the Federal Parliament and to stand for Parliament. |
Women eligible to vote for House of Assembly (universal) with limited suffrage for Legislative Council. The franchise for Legislative Council for owners of freehold of 10 pounds annual value or leasehold of 30 pounds was extended to women. |
Compulsory enrolment introduced
Elections held on Saturdays
|1913||Alicia O'Shea Patterson - first woman to stand for election to Commonwealth Parliament in Tasmania |
Women who had served as nurses in the First World War eligible to vote in Legislative Council elections |
Women eligible to stand for the Tasmanian House of Assembly |
|1929||Irene Longman born in Tasmania, became the first woman to both to stand for and be elected to the Queensland Parliament |
Franchise for the Legislative Council extended to all "servicemen and women in any war" and the age limit reduced from 30 to 21 years of age |
|1943||Dame Enid Lyons (Tasmania), in House of Representatives, representing the United Australia Party, and Senator Dorothy Tangney (WA), representing the Australian Labor Party, are elected. |
First woman Member of Parliament in Tasmania elected to Legislative Council |
|1949||Dame Enid Lyons
first woman to hold Cabinet rank as Vice President of the Executive Council in the Liberal-Country Party coalition Government of Sir Robert Menzies |
second woman elected to Legislative Council |
|1952||Phyllis Benjamin third woman elected to Legislative Council|
Spouses of property owners became eligible to vote in Legislative Council elections |
and Mabel Miller elected to House of Assembly |
|1962||Lynda Heaven elected to House of Assembly |
Full adult franchise for Legislative Council for those over 21 years of age|
Phyllis Benjamin - First woman leader of an Upper House in Australia. Longest serving woman member of any State Parliament (1952-1976)
|1969||Kath Venn becomes first female party secretary (ALP) |
Federal voting age lowered to 18 years |
|1975||Shirley Walters first woman to represent Tasmania in the Senate |
elected to House of Assembly|
Kath Venn elected to Legislative Council
|1979||Mary Willey elected to House of Assembly |
|1980||Jean Hearn elected to the Senate|
Gill James first woman Minister in Tasmanian Government
|1984||Carmel Holmes elected to House of Assembly |
and Judy Jackson elected to House of Assembly|
Jocelyn Newman chosen by Tasmanian Parliament to fill a Senate vacancy
|1987||Margaret Reynolds (Senator for Queensland) first Tasmanian born woman to serve in Federal Ministry (Minister for Local Government and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women). |
Judy Jackson appointed Minister for Community Services and Minister for Parks, Wildlife and Heritage
|1991||Judy Jackson appointed Minister for Roads and Transport.|
|1992||Sue Napier and Carole
Cains elected to House of Assembly|
Jean Moore elected to Legislative Council
|1993||Sylvia Smith elected to the House of Representatives|
Christine Milne First woman party leader in Tasmania
Peg Putt elected to House of Assembly
Kaye Denman chosen by Tasmanian Parliament to fill a Senate vacancy
|1995||Denise Swan elected to House of Assembly |
Lara Giddings - Youngest woman elected to an Australian Parliament at age 23 years
Silvia Smith - elected to Legislative Council and becomes the first Tasmanian woman member to sit in State and Federal Parliament.
Carole Cains is elected to replace retiring member, Roger Groom.
Paula Wriedt - youngest ever woman member of a Tasmanian Cabinet and is Minister for Education.
Judy Jackson appointed Minister for Health and Human Services
Sue Napier - first woman leader of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Liberal Party and first woman Opposition Leader.
|2001||Allison Ritchie elected to Legislative Council|
Kathryn Hay - first Aboriginal elected to the Tasmanian Parliament
Peg Putt elected as Leader of the Greens (sole Greens member from 1998-2002
Paula Wriedt appointed Minister for Women
Judy Jackson appointed Attorney General
|2003||Norma Jamieson elected to Legislative Council |
Tania Rattray-Wagner elected to Legislative Council
Lara Giddings becomes Minister for Economic Development and the Arts
Carol Brown chosen by Tasmanian Parliament to fill a Senate Vacancy
Michelle O'Byrne elected to House of Assembly and from October 2006 was Minister for Community Development, Minister Assisting the Premier on Local Government and Minister responsible for Sport and Recreation.
Lara Giddings becomes Minister for Health and Human Services
Paula Wriedt becomes Minister for Tourism, Arts and Environment
Lisa Singh elected to House of Assembly
|2007||Catryna Bilyk elected to Senate|
Julie Collins elected to House of Representatives
Jodie Campbell elected to House of Representatives
Sue Smith MLC becomes the first female president of the Legislative Council
Paula Wriedt becomes Minister for Economic Development and Tourism.
In February, Michelle O'Byrne is appointed Minister for the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts. In September, she is appointed Minister for Tourism.
Lin Thorp becomes Minister for Human Services.
Senator Christine Milne becomes the Deputy Leader of the Greens
|2009||Vanessa Goodwin elected to the Legislative Council on 1 August 2009.|
Cassy O'Connor becomes the first female member of the Tasmanian Greens to hold the position of Secretary to Cabinet
Lara Giddings becomes Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts.
Michelle O'Byrne becomes Minister for Health.
Lisa Singh and Anne Urquhart elected as Tasmanian Labor Senators in August 2010.
Rebecca White elected to the House of Assembly.
Adriana Taylor becomes a Member of the Legislative Council. Ms Taylor was the Mayor of Glenorchy from 2005 to 2011.
Lin Thorp becomes Minister for Education and Skills, Minister for Children, Minister for Police and Emergency Management.
The Hon Julie Collins MP was the Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, and Minister for the Status of Women from 14 December 2011 to 18 September 2013.
Lisa Singh and Anne Urquhart begin their terms as Senators for Tasmania in July 2011.
Rosemary Armitage becomes a Member of the Legislative Council.
Senator Christine Milne elected leader of the Australian Greens in April.
Lin Thorp chosen by the Parliament of Tasmania to represent the State in the Senate.
Leonie Hiscutt becomes a Member of the Legislative Council.
Jacqui Lambie, of the Palmer United Party, elected as a Senator for Tasmania.
Rebecca White MP is appointed Minister for Human Services in January 2014.
Elise Archer MP becomes Tasmania's first female Speaker in the House of Assembly.
Vanessa Goodwin MLC becomes Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Correction and Minister for the Arts.
Jacquie Petrusma MP becomes Minister for Human Services and Minister for Women after the State Election in March 2014.
Sarah Courtney elected to the House of Assembly.
Joan Rylah elected to the House of Assembly.
Madeleine Ogilvie elected to the House of Assembly.
Senator Jacqui Lambie becomes the Palmer United Party's Deputy Leader in the Senate and Deputy Whip from 1 July 2014 to 19 November 2014. From 24 November 2014, Senator Lambie becomes an Independent.
|2015||Cassy O'Connor becomes Tasmanian Greens Leader |
Dr Rosalie Woodruff becomes the new Greens MP for Franklin after Greens Leader, Nick McKim, replaces Christine Milne as a Senator for Tasmania.
Andrea Dawkins becomes Greens MP for Bass after the resignation of Kim Booth
Senator Jacqui Lambie registers a new political party the Jacqui Lambie Network