Member for Namadgi (ACT) and Canberra (ACT)
Annette Ellis was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 as the Australian Labor Party candidate for Namadgi (ACT). After an electoral redistribution she served as the Member for Canberra (ACT) from 1998 to 2010. Ellis had a longstanding interest in the administration of Canberra, having been a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1992 to 1995, and was concerned about issues that affected the public service, the predominant demographic in her electorate.
In her first speech as the Member for Namadgi, Ellis stated, ‘I am here because the ordinary people must have a voice in parliament’. Ellis spoke on the need for a national strategy to address the needs of people with disabilities. In addition, she is noted for her encouragement of a government response to Bringing them home (1997), the ‘stolen generations’ report, which led to the apology delivered by the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, in 2007.
Ellis served in the Opposition ministry as Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors and Shadow Minister Assisting the Minister for Family and Community Services on Disabilities from 2002 to 2004.