The Hon. Lin Thorp
Women in Federal Parliament

The Hon. Lin Thorp

Senator for Tasmania

ALP, 2012–2014

The Hon. Lin Thorp.

Image courtesy of Fiona Vail.

Chosen by the Tasmanian Parliament to fill a casual vacancy for the Australian Labor Party, Lin Thorp took her place in the Senate in June 2012, serving for two years.

Prior to her work in the Senate, Thorp was a teacher for over twenty years, with a focus on special education and supporting young people at risk of not completing high school. From 1999 to 2011 she was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council during which time she held ministerial positions for human services, education and skills, children, and policing and emergency management. She was also Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council from 2006 to 2011.

During her time in the Senate, Thorp used opportunities for debate to highlight issues including better funding for schools and support for teachers, better wages for apprentices, action to prevent domestic violence, the importance of manufacturing, and workers' rights. She also initiated a Senate inquiry into dementia care and support services. As Chair of the Environment and Communications references committee she led inquiries into climate change measures, environmental offsets and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area.