Senator for South Australia
After an extensive career in South Australian state politics, including time as deputy leader of the state Labor Party, Annette Hurley was elected as a senator for South Australia in 2004. Immediately tasked with the job of Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, she campaigned strongly to ensure all communities could participate socially and economically in Australian society. She also entered Parliament promoting the importance of rural and regional Australia, particularly the fundamental role of the agricultural sector in Australia’s economy.
Senator Hurley argued that investment in productivity, innovation and infrastructure as well as a focus on education, training and research and development were needed in order to position Australia as a modern, productive economy. Her passion for science and innovation was also evident in her role as chair of the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into the space science and industry sector.
After 18 years of service in both state and federal parliaments she retired in 2011.