Member for Bass (Tas.)
In 1993, with her election as Member for Bass, Silvia Smith became the first female member of the Australian Labor Party to represent a Tasmanian seat in the House of Representatives. A former teacher, Smith was committed to improving education and served as a member of the Employment, Education and Training Committee when it tackled the issue of violence in schools. Throughout her parliamentary career, Smith’s other interests included veteran’s affairs, social justice, suicide prevention, breast cancer research, industrial relations and improving employment opportunities for men and women.
In 1997 she was elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council and represented the electorate of Westmorland (later Windermere) as an Independent Labor candidate for a six-year term.