• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0288

Margetts, Diane (Dee) Elizabeth

(1955 – )
  • Nationality Australian
  • Born 5 March, 1955, Fremantle Western Australia Australia
  • Occupation Parliamentarian


Elected in 2001, Margetts is a member for the Agricultural Region, in the Legislative Council of Western Australia(WA), representing the Australian Greens Western Australia Party. From 1993-1999 she was a Senator (The Australian Greens) for WA in Federal Parliament.

Prior to commencing her parliamentary career Margetts was a lobbyist and state co-ordinator for the People for Nuclear Disarmament (1988-1991).


After completing her secondary education in Western Australia, Dee Margetts moved to the United Kingdom in 1979 where she completed an Honours degree in Development Studies. She became a high school teacher/librarian following the completion of a diploma of Education at the University of Western Australia. It was while teaching that she became involved with the peace and environment movement, which lead her to joining the political arena.

After leaving the Senate in July 1999, Margetts undertook research for a Master of Philosophy Degree at Murdoch University in the area of Political Economy. Margetts was awarded an MPhl for her thesis: “Competition Policy, State Agreement Acts and the Public Interest”.

In February 2001, Margetts was elected, along with Robin Chapple, to join their Greens (WA) colleagues, Giz Watson, Chrissy Sharp and Jim Scott in the WA State Legislative Council where Dee represents the Agricultural Region.


Published resources

Archival resources

  • State Library of Western Australia
    • Correspondence, 1996-1999 [manuscript]
    • [Interview with Dee Margetts] [sound recording] / [interviewed by Criena Fitzgerald]
    • [Interview with Dee Margetts] [sound recording] / [interviewed by David Worth]

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