Gai Brodtmann

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Gai Brodtmann
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Canberra
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Annette Ellis
Personal details
Born (1963-11-24) 24 November 1963 (age 51)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Chris Uhlmann
Alma mater Australian National University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Monash University

Gai Marie Brodtmann (born 24 November 1963) an Australian politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Canberra representing the Australian Labor Party.[1] She succeeded Labor MP Annette Ellis, who retired from politics at the 2010 federal election.

Early career[edit]

Brodtmann was born Melbourne and has two younger sisters. Brodtmann graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a graduate certificate in business from Monash University.

Brodtmann worked as a public servant at the Attorney-General's Department and later at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During her public service career she represented Australia in India, was part of the delegation that normalized relations with Iran, and worked on a range of international and national issues, from Indigenous youth development and climate change to defence capability, tax and foreign policy.[2]

She subsequently ran her own small business offering media communication services to organisations such as the Australian Defence Force and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010 and has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors.

In October 2013, she was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.

As a volunteer director on the Gift of Life and Our Wellness boards, Brodtmann helped to lift the profile of organ donation and raised funds for better health services in Canberra. She is a former director and audit committee member of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and ACTTAB and a former director of the National Press Club.

Her public policy interests include education, small business, defence, foreign affairs, superannuation, financial literacy and public administration.

Personal life[edit]

A long time Canberra resident, Brodtmann is married to ABC journalist Chris Uhlmann.[3][4] She states that her ancestors were Chinese, German, Irish and Scottish.[5]


  1. ^ "Canberra". Virtual Tally Room (Australian Electoral Commission). 24 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
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  3. ^ "Labor People – Gai Brodtmann". Australian Labor Party. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  4. ^ Raggatt, Matthew (11 June 2014). "Canberra's power couples – the cream of the crop". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 30 June 2014. 
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External Links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Annette Ellis
Member for Canberra