Senator for Queensland
The great-niece of former senator Neville Bonner, Joanna Lindgren was selected by the Queensland Parliament in 2015 to represent Queensland in the Senate for the Liberal Party.
Growing up in Inala, Lindgren attended the local primary school before finishing her secondary schooling in Brisbane and Ipswich. While studying for a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education at Griffith University she served with the Army Reserve as a clerk with the Queensland University Regiment. After graduating she worked as a secondary school teacher and then project officer with the Queensland Education Department.
In her Senate contributions Lindgren emphasised the importance of education to ‘unlocking individual potential and success’, supported constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and efforts to correct the gender imbalance of Australian politics. She paid tribute to those who devote themselves to community service and declared her passion for ensuring Defence Force personnel and their families are well resourced, supported and recognised.
Lindgren was also a committed member of a number of Senate and joint committees, including the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia.
Lindgren was defeated at the 2016 federal election.