Lynn MacLaren

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The Honourable
Lynn MacLaren
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for South Metropolitan Region
In office
15 February 2005 – 21 February 2005
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for South Metropolitan Region
Assumed office
22 May 2009
Personal details
Born (1962-03-24) 24 March 1962 (age 52)
Political party Greens WA

Lynn Ellen MacLaren (born 24 March 1962) is an Australian politician.

Early life[edit]

MacLaren was born in Colorado and studied journalism at university in California, where she began a career in journalism as the Chief Photographer and a Staff Reporter for two small California daily newspapers, the Desert Despatch and the Daily Press.[1]

After studying as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in 1979 in Albany, MacLaren relocated to Perth in 1982 and spent seven years in small business as a desktop publisher and technical writer.[2] In the mid 1990s Lynn was prominent in the campaign to put live animal exports on the public agenda and was the foundation President of the People Against Cruelty in Animal Transport (Inc) serving also on the executive board of Animals Australia.

From 1997, MacLaren worked for Jim Scott MLC and did project work with the Environmental Defender’s Office, and the Community Housing Coalition (WA). She later worked as a researcher for Giz Watson MLC.[2]

Political career[edit]

On 15 February 2005, she was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council as a Greens Western Australia member for South Metropolitan Region, following Jim Scott's resignation to contest the lower house seat of Fremantle. MacLaren was defeated at the 2005 state election.

After politics[edit]

From 2005 to 2008, MacLaren Senior Policy Officer with the Western Australian Council of Social Service, where she specialised in policy areas of poverty, housing and sector viability.[2] She also worked as a consultant in strategic planning and capacity building for community organisations.

Return to politics[edit]

MacLaren contested again in the 2008 state election for South Metropolitan Region and was successful. MacLaren's second term began in May 2009.[3]

MacLaren's portfolios include: planning, housing, community services, social inclusion, heritage, animals, volunteering, seniors, disability issues, food and GMOs, sexuality, tourism, arts and culture, small business and science and innovation.[1]