Party affiliation: Australian Democrats
Janet Frances POWELL, Federal Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Democrats. Women's Electoral Lobby; Australian Conservation Foundation; Amnesty International and Amnesty International Parliamentary Group; World Women Parliamentarians for Peace; Inter Parliamentary Union; Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; Friends of the Earth.
Convener, Australian Democrats National Rural Policy, 1980-1982. Senior Vice-President, Australian Democrats, Victoria, 1982-1983 and 1983-1984. President, Australian Democrats, Victoria, 1983-1984 and 1984-1985.
National Deputy President, Australian Democrats, 1984-1985 and 1985-1986. Chosen by Parliament to represent Victoria in the Senate, 1986 and elected, since 1987. Temporary Chairwoman of Committees, 1987-1988.
Spokesperson for Democrats on Social Security, Administrative Services, Consumer Affairs, Primary Industry (from Primary Industry and Energy), Communications (from Transport and Communications), Local Government, 198790. Committee Service: Member of the Senate Standing Committee for Privileges, 1987-1990. For Scrutiny of Bills, 1987-1990.
Member of the Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee for Transport, Communications and Infrastructure, 1987-1990. For Legal and Constitutional Affairs, 1987-1990. Member of the Senate Select Committee for Television Equalisation, 198687.
Leader of Federal Parliament, since 1990. Professional career: teacher.