Jean Melzer

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Jean Melzer
Senator for Victoria
In office
18 May 1974 – 30 June 1981
Personal details
Born Jean Isabel Melzer
(1926-02-07) 7 February 1926 (age 88)
Died 18 June 2013[1]
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1926–81)
NDP (1984)

Jean Isabel Melzer (7 February 1926 – 18 June 2013) was an Australian Senator representing the Australian Labor Party and the state of Victoria.

She was elected at the 1974 election, becoming the first woman Labor senator from Victoria.[2] In 1978 she was the first woman elected as the Secretary of the Labor Caucus.[2] She served two terms,[3] being defeated at the 1980 election as she was placed third on the Labor ticket.[4] Her final term ended on 30 June 1981.[3]

She stood unsuccessfully as the lead Victorian senate candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party in the 1984 election. She received 7.1% of the vote.[5]

Melzer was the president of U3A Network Victoria.[6][7] She died on 18 June 2013.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hansard". Parliament of Australia. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Senate profile; retrieved 22 June 2013[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Rosemary Francis (17 April 2008). "Melzer profile". The Australian Women's Register. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Barbara Hooks (16 October 1979). "Don't Put me First: Senator Melzer". The Age. 
  5. ^ "PM not as Important as Uranium: Melzer". The Age. 14 June 1984. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "Media Release from Minister for Aged Care". 12 March 2004. 
  7. ^ "Encouraging lifelong education". Victorian Honour Role of Women. Office of Women’s Policy, Department for Victorian Communities. 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 

External links[edit]

Potential sources[edit]

  • MS 3683 Records of the Women's Electoral Lobby (Australia) Series 7: Political lobbying records, 1972-89 folder 18-19 held at NLA
  • Paper presented at National Labor Women's Conference, Canberra, 29 January-1 February 1982
  • Paper presented at 2nd Women and Labour Conference, Melbourne, 17 May 1980 paper called "Is Parliament Relevant to Women and. Their Search for Identity?" [1]