The Hon. Judith Troeth
Senator for Victoria
The Hon. Judith Troeth was elected to the Senate to represent the state of Victoria for the Liberal Party in 1993. Having spent a significant part of her life in rural Victoria as a farmer and teacher, she entered Parliament as a strong advocate for rural and regional Australia.
As parliamentary secretary to the ministers for Primary Industries and Energy (1997–98) and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (1998–2004) she spent a great deal of time working towards influencing Australia’s position in global agricultural development. She was also dedicated to the needs of rural women and is credited with increasing the status of the Rural Woman of the Year program and co-chairing the At the table inquiry, which led to the establishment of the Regional Women’s Advisory Council.
In 2009 Senator Troeth’s stance on human rights issues, especially with regards to Australia’s treatment of refugees, led her to cross the floor and vote with the government to abolish the mandatory billing of asylum seekers. A believer in the right for individual party members to speak up on matters of principle and conscience she also crossed the floor and voted with the government on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009.
Troeth was one of four women senators from four different parties who co-sponsored the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial Responsibility for Approval of RU486) Bill 2005.
After 18 years as a senator she retired in 2011.