Party affiliation: Australian Labor Party
Vice-President, Labor Party Belconnen Branch, 1972. Branch Council Delegate, 1973-1976. Member, Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, 1974-1975.
Elected to Senate for Australian Capital Territory, since 1975. Member, Federal Policy Committee on Women (Labor Party), 1976. Committee Service: visited Phnom Penh with United States of America Congressional Women’s Delegation, 1979.
Member, Inter-Parliamentary Union (Inter-Parliamentary Union) Spring Meeting, Laos, 1982. Member, 69th Inter-Parliamentary Union Annual Conference, Rome, 1982. Member, General Assembly United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Conference, Paris, 1983.
Member, Australian Irish Relations Conference, Kilkenny, 1983. Official visits to Denmark, Norway and Sweden, 1983. To New Zealand and Thailand, 1985.
To ASEAN countries, South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, China and Japan, 1986. To United States of America, 1987. Member of Opposition Shadow Ministry, 1977-1983.
Spokesperson on Communications, 1977-1980. On Arts and Letters, 1977-1983. On Women’s Affairs, 1979-1983.
On Media, March-Nov, 1980. On Aboriginal Affairs, 1980-1983. Member, Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1981-1983.
Minister for Education, 1983-1987. Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Status of Women, 1983-1988. Special Minister of State, 1987-1988.
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Bicentennial, 1987-1988. Minister Assisting the Minister for Community Services and Health, 1987-1988. Professional career: school teacher.
Tutor, Canberra College of Advanced Education. Education officer, Secretariat for International Women’s Year, 1975. National Executive Officer, Australian Council of State School Organisations, 1973-1975.