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Lawrence, Carmen Mary (1948 - )

The Honourable

2 March 1948
Morawa, Western Australia, Australia
Parliamentarian and Politician


Lawrence became Australia's first woman State Premier (WA) on 12 February 1990. She began her parliamentary career by winning the seat of Subiaco for the Australian Labor Party in 1986.
She entered Federal politics on 12 March 1994, as the Member for Fremantle, and was appointed Minister for Human Services and Health and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women on 25 March 1994 until 11 March 1996. On 23 November 2001, Lawrence was appointed Shadow Minister for Reconciliation, Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, the Arts, and the Status of Women.

Lawrence is a supporter of numerous organisations and is Patron of the Western Australia Netball Association and a Foundation Committee Member of EMILY'S List.

She retired from the Australian Parliament at the 2007 general election, which was held in November 2007.

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National Archives of Australia, National Office

  • The Hon Dr Carmen Mary Lawrence MP, 2 March 1948 - , CP 639; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details

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Carmen Lawrence


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