Senator for Victoria
Helen Kroger was elected as the Liberal Party candidate for the Senate for Victoria in 2007, having previously served as the state president of the party from 2003 to 2006.
From 1988 to 1993 Kroger owned a delicatessen in Victoria. During her Senate term she was passionate about small businesses and articulated her belief that the small business sector should be nurtured and promoted. Kroger had an abiding interest in education, a topic she returned to often in the Senate. In her first speech, she spoke of her fear that Australian secondary and tertiary institutions had been comprised by political correctness and emphasised the need to strengthen choice in education. She later described education as the number one equaliser, noting that education should ‘provide an opportunity to give people a hand up in life, not a handout’.
Throughout her Senate term Kroger served as convenor of Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect. From 2010 to 2011 she was chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee. She served as the Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate from 2011 and in 2013 became Chief Government Whip.