Catryna Bilyk

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Catryna Bilyk
Senator for Tasmania
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Personal details
Born Catryna Louise Goninon
(1959-02-07) 7 February 1959 (age 58)
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Robert Bilyk (m. 1981)

Catryna Louise Bilyk (née Goninon; born 7 February 1959) is an Australian politician. She has been a Labor member of the Australian Senate since July 2008, representing the state of Tasmania.

Bilyk was elected to serve a six-year term in the Senate at the 2007 federal election, after being placed in the third position on the Australian Labor Party's Tasmanian ticket. She was elected to the sixth Senate seat for Tasmania, on preferences distributed from Andrew Wilkie, the Australian Greens' second candidate for the Senate in Tasmania in the 2007 election.[1] It was second time lucky for Bilyk, who had also been preselected in third spot on the Labor Senate ticket in Tasmania at the 2001 federal election, but failed to win a seat.[2]

Bilyk was born in Hobart. She worked as an industrial officer for the Australian Services Union, a researcher for psychiatric pioneer Eric Cunningham Dax, an early childhood educator, and an advisor to Tasmanian Labor Ministers David Crean, Ken Bacon (politician) and David Llewellyn (Australian politician). She has been ALP National Vice-President.[3] She is married with two adult children.

On 27 February 2016, Catryna Bilyk announced that she supports same-sex marriage.[4]

Brain Cancer Advocacy[edit]

In March 2008, as a Senator-elect, Catryna was diagnosed with two benign brain tumours, which were surgically removed.[5] Her experience with brain tumours motivated her to raise funds for research to improve the survival rate for cancer. To date, events she has organised have raised over $120,000 for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.[6]

On 6 December 2016, Senator Bilyk was appointed chair of a newly-formed Senate Select Committee into funding for research into cancers with low survival rates. The Committee has been tasked with inquiring into and reporting on “the impact of health research funding models on the availability of funding for research into cancers with low survival rates.”[6]


  1. ^ Australian Electoral Commission, Tasmanian preference count, 2007 election, retrieved January 2008
  2. ^ "2001 Federal Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. 
  3. ^ Australian Services Union, ASU official appointed ALP Vice-President, retrieved January 2008
  4. ^ The Mercury, On reflection I have changed my mind about same-sex marriage, retrieved December 2016
  5. ^ Australian Labor Party, Ms Catryna Bilyk – Senator Elect for Tasmania, retrieved January 2008
  6. ^ a b ABC News Online, Brain tumour survivor to lead rare cancers inquiry, retrieved December 2016

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