Ann Corcoran
Women in Federal Parliament

Ann Corcoran

Member for Isaacs (Vic.)

ALP, 2000–2007

Ann Corcoran was elected to the federal parliament in a by-election for the Victorian seat of Isaacs in 2000 and remained in the House of Representatives until 2007.

Prior to entering Parliament Corcoran had a career in accounting and business management. She drew on this experience to comment on amendments to tax legislation throughout her time in Parliament.

Corcoran became the shadow parliamentary secretary for health in 2004 and this shaped her input into legislation relating to the costs and administration of pharmaceuticals and in advancing medical research. In discussing legislation to increase the enforcements available to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the body that regulates and registers pharmaceutical goods, Corcoran spoke about the need to allow the experts to regulate medicines. She again canvassed the same point in consideration of the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial Responsibility for Approval of RU486) Bill 2005. Corcoran argued that the debate was not about abortion; instead it was about the need for decisions about drugs to be made by the TGA rather than the health minister of the day.

Ann Corcoran.

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