• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0372

Haines, Janine

(1945 – 2004)
  • Born 8 May, 1945, Tanunda South Australia Australia
  • Died 20 November, 2004, Adelaide South Australia Australia
  • Occupation Politician


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: http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours_list/resultDetail.cfm?awardsID=709341 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.



  • 2001 - 2001

    Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Published resources

  • Resource
  • Edited Book
    • Australian Feminism: A Companion, Caine, Barbara, Gatens, Moira et al., 1998
    • Who's Who in Australia 2002, Herd, Margaret, 2002
  • Book
    • Getting Equal: the History of Australian Feminism, Lake, Marilyn, 1999
  • Site Exhibition

Archival resources

  • State Library of South Australia
    • Papers of Janine Haines AM
  • National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    • Interview with Janine Haines, Federal politician 1977-1990, freelance writer and speaker [sound recording] / Interviewer Jenny Palmer
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Janine Haines, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Parliamentarians' questionnaires, 1982-1983 [manuscript]
  • Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection
    • Pat Richardson scrapbooks relating to the Women's Electoral Lobby and women's events, 1977-2002

Related entries

  • Related Concepts
    • Women in Politics: Minor Parties