The Hon. Kate Lundy
Women in Federal Parliament

The Hon. Kate Lundy

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

ALP, 1996–2015

When Kate Lundy became a senator for the ACT in 1996 she was the youngest Labor woman to be elected to the Australian Parliament. She began her working life at the age of sixteen as a labourer in Canberra’s building and construction industry. Active in the Building Workers’ Industrial Union, she was elected President of the ACT Trades and Labour Council in 1993. Lundy acknowledged that the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and her own experience provided a ‘tangible example of the positive difference significant legislation can make to the daily lives of ordinary Australians.’

Senator Lundy was an early adopter of information technology in the parliament and in her first speech spoke of the importance of public policy relating to the ‘use and control of credible information sources and its increasingly complex delivery technologies’. This foreshadowed almost two decades of work addressing issues related to the digital economy including equitable access to information infrastructure and services, the development of the National Broadband Network and cyber safety.

Lundy served as parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, for Immigration and Citizenship, and for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. In 2012–2013 she was Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation and for the Digital Economy, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport. A keen sportswoman, she was an advocate for access and equity in women’s sport.

Kate Lundy resigned from the Senate in March 2015.

The Hon. Kate Lundy.

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