ABOUT: The recent ACT election delivered a landmark result with a majority of women elected to a Federal, State or Territory legislature for the first time since Federation. It is to be expected that the dynamics in the Legislative Assembly will change. The new members also bring fresh perspectives, passions and personal aspirations.
This Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) Canberra Conversation Public Seminar will discuss the potential impacts of a greater representation by women on how the Legislative Assembly, and more broadly, on its engagement with the community. The party platforms are generally well known through the recent Elections. The Seminar will explore members’ objectives and goals, and how they would wish to make a contribution to the public policy in the Territory.
The Seminar will be in the form of a panel discussion facilitated by Adjunct Professor Virginia Houssegger, Director 50/50 by 2030 at the IGPA.
The event is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM.
CAROLINE LE COUTEUR: Caroline Le Couteur was first elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2008, and reelected in 2016 as Member for Murrumbidgee. She is the ACT Greens spokesperson for Planning, Territory and Municipal Services, Business and Economic Development, Indigenous Affairs, Arts and Heritage. Caroline grew up in Canberra and studied economics at the Australian National University. She has lived in Canberra for most of her life, spending nearly 20 years in Woden where she now lives with her husband.
ELIZABETH LEE: Elizabeth migrated to Australia from South Korea in 1986 when she was 7 years old and grew up in Western Sydney. She moved to Canberra at 18 to study law at the ANU and has lived and worked in Kurrajong ever since. She is the Assistant Speaker, and Shadow Minister for Disability and the Environment.
SUZANNE ORR: Suzanne grew up in Giralang. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Canberra, and Graduate Certificate in Public Administration. Prior to being elected in 2016, she worked as an urban planner and a hospitality and tourism professional.
NICOLE LAWDER: Nicole Lawder was born in Malaysia into a military family. She came to Canberra in
1988, and has lived in Tuggeranong ever since. She was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2013,
and again in 2016 and is currently the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.