Mary Easson
Women in Federal Parliament

Mary Easson

Member for Lowe (NSW)

ALP, 1993–1996

Mary Easson at the opening of the ‘Trust the Women’ exhibition at Parliament House in 1992.

Image courtesy of Auspic.

Mary Easson was elected to the House of Representatives as the Australian Labor Party member for Lowe (NSW) in 1993. This election followed her post-graduate studies in employment and industrial relations, experience as Victorian State President of Young Labor, and career in major Australian corporations including Ansett Airlines.

Easson represented a wide range of interests, primarily tourism, manufacturing, small business, and farming and rural communities. In her first speech to the House, she stated her approach of ‘care and commitment’ to the people of her electorate, an ethnically diverse, light-industrial region in Sydney’s inner-west. A wholehearted supporter of multiculturalism, she spoke on citizenship, immigration and racism as well as international issues affecting her constituents’ countries of birth.

A mother of two, Easson campaigned for improved childcare in her electorate and also at Parliament House. She was successful in converting a former spouse’s lounge into a family-orientated lounge.