Party affiliation: Australian Labor Party
Secretary, Labor Party, Subiaco Branch, 1977. State President, Labor Women’s Organisation, 1977. Secretary Labor Party, Maylands Branch, 1982.
Member, Labor Party State Executive, Western Australia, 1982-1983. Member, Labor Party Administrative Committee, Western Australia, 1983-1984. Elected for Canning, Western Australia, 1983-1984, then Brand, since 1984.
Conferences, Delegations and Visits: Member, Observer Delegation to 6th Working Committee and General Assembly, Association of South-East Asian Nations Inter-Parly, organisation, Singapore, 1983. Member, Parliamentary Delegation, China, 1985. Member, Joint Party Delegation on Agricultural and Trade Matters, United States of America and Canada, 1987.
Member, Labor Party Administrative Committee, Western Australia, 1983-1984. Delegate, Labor Party National Conference, 1984 and 1986. Member, Labor Party National Policy Committees on Social Policy and Economic Policy, 1985.
Committee Service: Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Expenditure, 1985-1987. For Community Affairs, since 1987. For Employment, Education and Training, since 1987.
Member, Labor Party National Policy Committee on the Status of Women, since 1987. Minister for Local Government, since 1990. Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, since 1990.
Professional career: adviser to the Minister for Repatriation and the Minister for Social Security, 197475. Political research assistant. Founder member, Women’s Electoral Lobby, Australia.