Silvia Smith
Women in Federal Parliament

Silvia Smith

Member for Bass (Tas.)

ALP, 1993–1996

Silvia Smith with, from left to right, Tim Domeney, Launceston City Council; the Hon. David Simmons; and the former Mayor of Launceston, Alderman Graeme Beams.

Image courtesy of The Examiner, Launceston.

In 1993, with her election as Member for Bass, Silvia Smith became the first female member of the Australian Labor Party to represent a Tasmanian seat in the House of Representatives. A former teacher, Smith was committed to improving education and served as a member of the Employment, Education and Training Committee when it tackled the issue of violence in schools. Throughout her parliamentary career, Smith’s other interests included veteran’s affairs, social justice, suicide prevention, breast cancer research, industrial relations and improving employment opportunities for men and women.

In 1997 she was elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council and represented the electorate of Westmorland (later Windermere) as an Independent Labor candidate for a six-year term.