Caroline Le Couteur

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Caroline Le Couteur
Caroline Le Couteur MLA ACT Greens.jpg
Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
for Murrumbidgee
Assumed office
15 October 2016
Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
for Molonglo
In office
October 2008 – October 2012
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Political party ACT Greens
Children 1
Father Kenneth Le Couteur
Alma mater Australian National University
Occupation Politician

Caroline Le Couteur (born 1952) is an Australian politician. She was elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Molonglo for the ACT Greens at the 2008 election and defeated at the 2012 election[1] In October 2016, she was re-elected to the assembly representing the new electorate of Murrumbidgee.

Life before election[edit]

Le Couteur grew up in the Canberra suburb of Yarralumla. Her father was the British physicist Kenneth Le Couteur. She was educated at Telopea Park High School and the Australian National University where she studied economics. She moved to Nimbin after the holding of the Aquarius Festival there in 1973 and stayed there for 11 years. While in Nimbin she was instrumental in forming a pre-school and primary school and became a solar (photovoltaic) panel retailer and installer. She subsequently moved back to Canberra and worked for the federal and territorial governments firstly in information technology and later in renewable energy policy.[2] She later became an Executive Director of locally based, now ASX listed, company Australian Ethical Investment as well as their information technology manager.[3]

Le Couteur was active in the local environment community. She was at the time of her election one of the two national councillors of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)[4] and had previously been on the ACF's board. She was a keen supporter of groups such as the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Pedal Power, Oxfam, Anglicare and the Conservation Council.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Le Couteur stood for the ACT Greens in the electorate of Molonglo in 1998 supporting the Green incumbent Kerrie Tucker. She remained active in the Greens and stood again in Molonglo in 2008. Before the 2008 election the Greens had one member, Deb Foskey. Prior to the 2008 election polling conducted by Patterson Market Research and published in The Canberra Times suggested the Green vote had significantly increased since the last election at the expense of Labor, with the Liberal vote remaining relatively unchanged. Commentators predicted the Greens would hold the balance of power and decide who forms government. The Greens stated they were willing to court both major parties.[5][6][7][8] At the close of counting on election night, with 82.1 per cent of the vote counted, Labor had obtained 37.6 per cent of the vote across the ACT, with the Liberals at 31.1 per cent and the Greens at 15.8 per cent. Swings were recorded against both the Labor (−9.3 per cent) and Liberal (−3.7 per cent) parties with a +6.6 per cent swing towards the Greens. This resulted in the election of Amanda Bresnan, Meredith Hunter, Shane Rattenbury and Caroline Le Couteur. Le Couteur, Bresnan and Hunter were defeated at the 2012 election.

Le Couteur stood as a candidate for the new Murrumbidgee electorate in the 2016 election, and was successfully re-elected.[9] After being sworn in as a member of the Assembly, Le Couteur was appointed chair of the influential Parliamentary Planning Committee.[10]


  1. ^ "Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly" (PDF). ACT Legislative Assembly. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Caroline Le Couteur(Molonglo)". ACT Greens - official website. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  3. ^ "2008 Annual Report" (PDF). Australian Ethical Investment Limited. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  4. ^ "ACF Supporters send PM's Nuclear Taskforce a strong message!". Australian Conservation Foundation. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Stanhope will Need the Greens to Hold Power". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. 2008. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  6. ^ "Poll Results no Comfort to Labor or Liberals". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. 2008. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Stanhope Slump". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Patterson: Labor 7, Liberal 6, Greens 4". Crikey. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Greens reveal candidates for 2016 ACT election". ABC News. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Labor and Greens hammer out deal to see Shane Rattenbury in Cabinet, Joy Burch as Speaker". Canberra Times. 30 October 2016. 

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