Senator for Queensland
Sue Boyce became a Liberal Party senator for Queensland in 2007. Initially appointed to fill a casual Senate vacancy, she was elected in her own right later that year. Prior to this she worked as a director of her family's manufacturing company and as a journalist and public relations practitioner. She was President of the Queensland Liberal Women's Council from 2005 to 2007.
Senator Boyce arrived in the Senate with three special interests—business (particularly manufacturing), disability advocacy and equal opportunity for women—and was a passionate advocate for all three areas in her parliamentary work. As a mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, she saw her election to the Senate as an opportunity to highlight the challenges of people with disabilities. Her work as chair of the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee fed into policy on palliative care, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and rural health. She was a proud supporter of family-run businesses and their role in shaping the social, economic and cultural fabric of Australia and in 2012 instigated an inquiry into family business in Australia.
While in opposition Boyce crossed the floor to vote with the government on three occasions, supporting a carbon emissions trading scheme, the recognition of foreign marriages for same-sex couples and protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. She retired from the Senate in 2014.