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Haines, Janine (1945 - 2004)


8 May 1945
Tanunda, South Australia, Australia
20 November 2004
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


On 11 June 2001, Haines became a Member of the Order of Australia 'for service to the Australian Parliament and to politics, particularly as Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Democrats, and to the community.'

Haines was appointed to the Senate to fill a casual vacancy in South Australia in 1977. In 1986 she became the first woman to lead an Australian political party when she was elected leader of the Australian Democrats.

(Source: accessed 17/04/2002 and Emma Grahame in Australian Feminism: A Companion.)


Haines spent her early family years growing up in country South Australia, settling in Adelaide by the time she attended Brighton High School. She was elected Deputy leader of the Australian Democrats in 1985; elected to the position of Federal leader in 1986 which she held until 1990. Since 1990 she had taken on a number of roles; as a freelance writer and speaker; involvement in a number of organizations; as a member of Parliamentary delegations to South Africa and Iraq.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia

  • [Biographical cuttings on Janine Haines], BIOG; National Library of Australia. Details
  • Interview with Janine Haines, Federal politician 1977-1990, freelance writer and speaker [sound recording] / Interviewer Jenny Palmer, 2001, ORAL TRC 4753; National Library of Australia. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Parliamentarians' questionnaires, 1982 - 1983, MS 8806; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Digital resources

The Australian Democrats' Senate team, 1987-90.


Anne Heywood

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