The Hon. Lisa Singh

Senator for Tasmania

ALP, 2011–2019

A former Tasmanian state government minister, union organiser and community sector worker, Lisa Singh brought to the Senate a commitment to the values of ‘decency, of inclusion and of the importance of striving for something better for every person.’

A human rights advocate, Singh criticised Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, particularly children, in offshore detention. As deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, she initiated a human trafficking inquiry, and later served on an inquiry which led to the Modern Slavery Act 2018.

Building on her work in state parliament and as CEO of the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, Singh co-founded the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease and campaigned for an international asbestos ban.

She spoke of the urgent need to address climate change, saying Australia needed ‘new investment in large-scale renewable wind and solar energy, not new investment in new coalmines.’

The first person of Indian heritage elected to federal Parliament, Singh fostered ties between Australia and India, and in recognition received India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award.

Given an ‘unwinnable’ spot on the ALP Senate ticket at the 2016 federal election, Singh successfully appealed to Tasmanians to vote directly for her, capturing nearly a fifth of the ALP vote.

The Hon. Lisa Singh.

Image taken by Kay J. Carney, Ambient Light Photography.