Kelly Hoare
Women in Federal Parliament

Kelly Hoare

Member for Charlton (NSW)

ALP, 1998–2007

Kelly Hoare.

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Kelly Hoare won the seat of Charlton (NSW) for the Australian Labor Party in 1998 after her father, the Hon. Robert Brown, had held the seat from its creation in 1984.

In her first speech to Parliament, Hoare articulated key issues, including natural environment protection, the sale of Telstra and the goods and services tax, which she would pursue in the House. Over the course of her parliamentary career, Hoare often spoke about land rights for Indigenous Australians, encouraged protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and called for Aboriginal reconciliation. The living standards of older Australians, the importance of regional tourism and government expenditure on public education were other issues of concern.

Hoare gained media attention when she moved a motion to review parliamentary sitting hours, pointing out the detrimental effect of long hours on the families of MPs.