Thursday, 5 July 2018

Life After Politics: where are they now?

Before Nicola Roxon’s resignation as attorney-general for family reasons in 2013, there were a record eight women in the Gillard Government ministry and five in the cabinet.

L–R: Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek, Jenny Macklin, Julia Gillard, Kate Lundy, Kate Ellis, Julie Collins. 

So what are they doing now?


Former Australian Prime Minister, Hon. Julia Eileen Gillard AC

Honorary Professor University of Adelaide, guest lecturer in Department of History and Politics
Chair, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London
Board Chair, Global Partnership for Education
Distinguished Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education
Chair of beyondblue
Patron of Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education.
Patron the Layne Beachley Foundation

Former Minister for Sport and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Kate Alexandra Lundy

Director, NRMA Group
Director, Electro Optic Systems Holdings Pty Limited
Director, Australian Grand Prix
Director, Australian Sports Technology Network
ACT Defence Industry Advocate 

Consultant, Technology Innovation Partners Pty Ltd

Former Australian Attorney-General, Hon. Nicola Louise Roxon

Now a professional company director.
Incoming chair of healthcare services provider Bupa Australia and New Zealand.
Roxon’s boards range from the Accounting and Ethical and Professional Standards Board (APESB) and Cancer Council Australia to ASX-listed Dexus Funds Management, and Lifestyle Communities, an affordable housing provider.
Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Perth.

Those that stayed on in the parliament…..

Former Minister for Employment Participation and Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth, Hon. Katherine Margaret “Kate” Ellis

Still the Federal Labor MP for Adelaide - now a backbench.
Leaving politics at next election to raise her young children.

Former Minister for Community Services, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development , Minister for the Status of Women and Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Hon. Julie Collins MP

Still the Federal Labor MP for Franklin.
Currently Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health.

Former Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform , Hon. Jenny Macklin MP

Still the Federal Labor Member for JagaJaga – now on the back bench/
Committee member Joint Standing Committee: National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Former Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Hon. Penelope Ying-Yen “Penny” Wong, Senator

Still in the Senate.
Currently Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

Former Minister for Health and Medical Research, Hon. Tanya Joan Plibersek MP

Still the Federal Labor MP for Sydney.
Currently Shadow Minister for Women and Shadow Minister for Education and Training. 

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