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Kathryn Jean SULLIVAN

Member of the House of Representatives

Kathryn Jean SULLIVAN, Member of the House of Representatives.


SULLIVAN, Kathryn Jean was born on March 8, 1942 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts and post grad, studies in accounting and business admin.


State Secretary, Young Liberals, Queensland, 1961-1963 and Vice-President, 1963-1964. Life Member of Young Liberals, conferred, 1964. Executive Member, trade union for teachers in Independant Schools, 1964-1966.

Founding Vice-President then President, University of Queensland Employees Association, played a key role in the formulation of first industrial award for clerical staff, until 1974. Member, Federated Clerks Union. Member, Liberal Party State Executive, Queensland, 1974-1977, 1979-1981 and 1982-1983.

Elected to Senate for Queensland, 1974, re-elected 1975, 1977 and 1983. Youngest woman ever elected to Australian Parliament at the time of her election in 1974. Member, joint House Committee, 1974.

Member and Chairwoman, several Senate Standing Committees and Estimates Committees, 1974-1984. Assistant Whip in the Senate, 1975-1977. Member then Chairwoman, Coalition Parliamentary Policy Committees on Rural Affairs, Tourism, Education, Youth Affairs, Employment and Training, 1976-1979, then Secretary, 1985-1988.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits: Member, Government Delegation to Japan and China, 1977. Member, Commonwealth Delegation to Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, 1978. Visited Phnom Penh with United States of America Congressional Women’s Delegation, 1979.

Member, Australian Delegation to United Nations World Conference on Women, Copenhagen, visited Kampuchean refugee camps and Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, 1980. Government Parliamentary Representative on Australian Delegation to 35th General Assembly of United Nations, 1980. Chairwoman, Senate House Committee, 1981-1983.

Member, Joint Standing Committee on the New Parliament House, 1981-1989. Member, Observer Delegation to 8th General Assembly, AIPO, Jakarta, 1985 and Kuala Lumpur, 1988. Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Administration Services, 198384.

Elected for Moncreiff, Queensland, 1984, re-elected 1987 and 1990. First woman ever elected to both Senate and House of Representatives. Chairwoman, Coalition Parliamentary Policy Committee on Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, 1985-1990.

Executive Member, Amnesty International Parliamentary Group, since 1986. Vice-President, Australian Parliamentary Association, for UNICEF, since 1987. Deputy Chairwoman, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training, 1987-1990.

Deputy leader Australian Parliamentary Delegation to Fiji, Western Samoa, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands, 1989. Deputy Chairwoman of Committees, House of Representatives, since 1990. Australian Parliamentary Opposition delegate and Deputy leader, bi-annual world conferences of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, 1990-1993.

Professional career: mathematics and English teacher, 1964-1966. University of Queensland Administrative Officer, 1966-1974. Part-time lecturer, Queensland Institute of Technology, 1971-1973.

Part-time Adult Education lecturer, 1971-1973.


Trustee, Queensland Children's Leukaemia Society. Patron: Beenleigh Eisteddford. Beenleigh Police Citizens’ Youth Welfare Association.

Endeavour Foundation (Gold Coast). Gold Coast Primary Schools Sports Association. Gold Coast Basketball Incorporated.

Southport Soccer Club. South-Eastern Queensland Sub-Chamber of Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Socs. Canungra Show Secretary.

Vietnam Vets. Association, of Australia (Gold Coast Branch). Queensland VicePatron, Foundation 21. Associate Fellow, Australian Inst, of Management.

Honorary Vice-President, National Council of Women (Queensland). Honorary member: Australian National University Alumni. Beta Sigma Phi; ESA Women International.

Springwood/ Rochdale Lioness Club. Young Liberal Movement (Queensland Div.). Member: Amnesty International.

Australian-American Association. Australia-Britain Society. Australian Federation of University Women.

Beaudesert and District Health and Welfare Association. Country Women’s Association (Queensland). Equal Opportunity Practitioners’ Association.

Family Planning Association. Friends of the Centre. Jim Killen Young Liberal Foundation.

National Foundation for Australian Women. National Trust of Queensland. Queensland Women’s Electoral League.

Red Shield Club; Royal Overseas League. Schizophrenia Fellow. Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre.

Wongaburra Society; Zonta.


  • Other Interests

    Recreations: theatre, reading, cookery, gardening, Australian Rules Football and basketball.