Kay Brownbill
Women in Federal Parliament

Kay Brownbill

Member for Kingston (SA)

LIB, 1966–1969

Kay Brownbill (left) with Dame Annabelle Rankin outside St Andrew’s Church, Canberra, in 1969.

Image courtesy of the National Archives of Australia, M2127, 2.

Kay Brownbill was the Member for Kingston (SA) in the House of Representatives for the Liberal Party between 1966 and 1969. She was the third woman and the first South Australian woman elected to the House; before her election no woman had sat in the House for 15 years.

With a background in journalism, broadcasting and public relations, Brownbill applied her knowledge of public relations to the promotion of Australian tourism and the marketing of primary industry products. She lobbied for an increase in the Australian content on radio and television and stated that ‘the most important broadcasts in Australia come from this Parliament’. From 1967 to 1969 she served on the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1980.