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Dr. Di BRETHERTON, Australian Senator. founding Member, Australian Psychological Society; Member, Community Psychologists’ Board; Member, Psychologists for the Prevention of War; Conflict Resolution Network; International Campaign for Disarmament; President, National Action Against War Toys; President, Association, of Women on Campus, University of Melbourne.


BRETHERTON, Dr. Di was born in 1943.


Preshil Primary level 1. Melbourne Church of England Girls’ Grammar School. University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Arts Psychology, Philosophy and Ancient Civilization, 1963.

University of Keele, Doctor of Philosophy, research on Thesis on parental attitudes to obedience, 1969. Latrobe University, Dip. Ed., Bachelor of Education, 1977.

Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance, Institute of Early Childhood Development, 1982. Spoken languages: French, studying Vietnamese.


Member, Peace Studies Task Force, 1985-1986, helped establish Peace Education Resource Centre, Ministry of Education. Toured Thailand, 1986. Joined peace delegation to USSR, 1987.

Member, Victorian Inquiry into Anti-Social Toys, advising Ministry of Consumer Affairs, 1988. Senator for Melbourne Ports, since 1990. Currently Spokesperson for Australian Democrats on Women’s Issues.

Member, Victorian Council Against Community Violence for Minister of Police. Professional career: teacher and guidance officer, University of Keele, 1964-1969. Research fellow, University of Keele, 1966-1969.

Professional psychologist, school counsellor, counsellor for nurses, 1970-1975. Lecturer, then senior lecturer, Psychology, Institute of Early Childhood Development and Melbourne College of Education (amalgamated with University of Melbourne, 1989), 1975-1988. Former Chairperson, Psychology Department, Institute of Early Child Development, Co-ordinator of Community Education.

Currently Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, University of Melbourne. Spokesperson for various organisations.


Founding Member, Australian Psychological Society. Member, Community Psychologists’ Board. Member, Psychologists for the Prevention of War.

Conflict Resolution Network. International Campaign for Disarmament. President, National Action Against War Toys.

President, Association, of Women on Campus, University of Melbourne.