The Hon. Christine Gallus
Women in Federal Parliament

The Hon. Christine Gallus

Member for Hawker (SA) and Hindmarsh (SA)

LIB, 1990–2004

The Hon. Christine Gallus (third from left).

Image by Chris Kidd courtesy of the Mercury, Hobart.

The Hon. Christine Gallus represented the electorate of Hawker (SA) in the House of Representatives from 1990 to 1993 and the electorate of Hindmarsh (SA) from 1993 to 2004, for the Liberal Party.

Gallus focused on local issues including aged care, disability services, pensions, small business and the automotive industry. In 2000 she was successful in passing a private member’s bill that introduced a curfew for Adelaide airport and was influential in bringing about the government’s levy on air passengers to fund insulation for buildings affected by airport noise. Gallus was the first female member to have a private member’s bill pass into law.

Between 1993 and 1996 Gallus served as shadow minister for the environment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs portfolios. In 1996 she was appointed chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, which dealt with a range of matters including deportation of non-citizen criminals, inspections of detention centres and measures aimed at deterring non-refugees and non-permanent residents from utilising appeals and judicial review processes. She served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in 2001 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2004.