Gai Brodtmann

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Gai Brodtmann
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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 50)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Chris Uhlmann
Alma mater Australian National University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Monash University
Occupation Member of Parliament
Website Labor People - Gai Brodtmann

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 years and background[edit]

Brodtmann was born Melbourne and has two younger sisters: Meg, a winemaker, and Amy who has a Phd in Neurology. 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. Brodtmann is married to ABC journalist Chris Uhlmann.[3] She states that her ancestors were Chinese, German, Irish and Scottish.[4]


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Annette Ellis
Member for Canberra