• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0238

Lawrence, Carmen Mary

(1948 – ) Carmen Lawrence
  • Born 2 March, 1948, Morawa Western Australia Australia
  • Occupation Parliamentarian, 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, Aboriginal 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.


  • 2001 - 2001

    Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Published resources

  • Edited Book
    • Who's Who in Australia 2002, Herd, Margaret, 2002
  • Resource Section
  • Newspaper Article
    • The Resurrection of Carmen: How She Rose From the Political Dead, Nicholson, Brendan, 2000
    • Carmen After the Storm, Powell, Sian, 1997
  • Journal Article
    • Carmen and her sisters, Laurie, Victoria, 1997
    • Lawrence of Canberra, Laurie, Victoria, 1994
  • Resource
  • Book
    • No ordinary lives: pioneering women in Australian politics, Jenkins, Cathy, 2008
  • Site Exhibition

Archival resources

  • National Archives of Australia, Various Locations
    • The Hon Dr Carmen Mary Lawrence MP

Digital resources

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Women's Electoral Lobby Australia (1972 - )
    • EMILY's List Australia (1996 - )
  • Related Concepts
    • Women in Politics: Australian Labor Party