Sophie Mirabella (formerly Panopoulos)
Member for Indi (Vic.)
Sophie Mirabella was elected as the Member for Indi (Vic) for the Liberal Party in 2001, serving until 2013. In Parliament, she declared that her guiding principle was ‘the creation, protection and encouragement of individual opportunity’. As a backbencher she spoke frequently against compulsory union fees and the use of human embryos for therapeutic purposes and on matters affecting her electorate including bushfires, water resources and assistance to the textile, clothing and footwear industry.
In 2008 Mirabella was one of five Liberal members who abstained from supporting a motion of apology to the ‘stolen generations’ of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. From later that year, Mirabella served in the shadow ministry in the portfolio areas of early childhood education, childcare, women and youth. In 2009–13 she served in the shadow cabinet with portfolio responsibilities for innovation, industry, science and research. While industry spokesperson she supported the continuation of subsidies to the car and textile industries and articulated the concerns of business and manufacturing industries about the negative impact of carbon pricing.