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ⓘ Women in the South Australian House of Assembly




                                     

ⓘ Women in the South Australian House of Assembly

There have been 42 women in the South Australian House of Assembly since its establishment in 1857. Women have had the right to vote and the right to stand as candidates since 1894.

In 1895, South Australian women became the first state in Australia, and one of the first in the world to be given the right to vote and to stand for election to Parliament. The following year, the election of 1896, the first women in Australia voted. Ironically, South Australia was the last state to elect a female representative, in the elections of 1959 when Jessie Cooper and Joyce Steele were elected to the Parliament of South Australia for the liberal and country League teams. Molly Byrne was the first labor woman in the house in the elections of 1965.

Women have been continuously represented in the house since then. Steele becomes the first female Minister in 1968. Only two women represented smaller parties that Heather Southcott Democrats in 1982, and Terrance for citizens Maywald from 1997 to 2010. Liberal Isobel Redmond in 2009 became the first and only woman to head a major party in South Australia, when she became the leader of the opposition. The works of Lyn Breuer from 2010 to 2013 was the first and only female speaker of South Australian house of Assembly. South Australia there was not one woman Prime Minister and the Treasurer.

                                     
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