|25th Minister of Internal Affairs|
|Prime Minister||David Lange
|Preceded by||Michael Bassett|
|Succeeded by||Graeme Lee|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
14 July 1984 – 1996
|Preceded by||Mick Connelly|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Born||1 April 1933 (age 84)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Early life and career
Austin was born in Dunedin in 1953. She attended the University of Canterbury and graduated with a Diploma of Teaching. She went on to teach in Christchurch and in 1971 became the Head of Science at Christchurch Girls' High School and later became Senior Mistress at Riccarton High School in 1977. She was also a member of the Educational Administration Society and was its President for three years.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|1995–1996||Changed allegiance to:||United NZ|
She was first elected to Parliament in the 1984 election as the MP for Yaldhurst, an electorate in western Christchurch. After Labour's re-election at the 1987 election, Austin was elected her party's Senior Whip following Michael Cullen's elevation to cabinet.
During her time in Parliament, Austin served as a Minister of Research and Development, Internal Affairs and of Arts, Culture and Heritage. She held the seat for the Labour Party until 1995 when the seat was abolished, in preparation for the changeover to MMP, and she joined with six other MPs to found the centrist United New Zealand Party. Like all United New Zealand MPs (but Peter Dunne), Austin was not re-elected in the 1996 election; Austin stood in the new Ilam electorate where she came third.
- A Guide to quality education: handbook for quality, access and participation in New Zealand education prepared by the Labour Opposition, Wellington, [N.Z.]: New Zealand Labour Party, 1992
- Ministerial brief: Margaret Austin, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Department of Internal Affairs, 1990
- NZPPTA Principals' Council Conference 1993, Auckland: education for an effective society, Sheraton Hotel, Auckland, July 11–14 [NZPPTA Principals' Council Conference (1993: Auckland, N.Z.)], Wellington, [N.Z.]: The Association, 1993
- Austin's contribution is: "Speech notes."
- Positioning Polytechnics for the 90s: Association of Polytechnics in New Zealand Annual Conference, October 1991, hosted by Carrington Polytechnic at the Sheraton Hotel, Auckland : edited proceedings [Association of Polytechnics in New Zealand. Annual Conference (1991 : Auckland, N.Z.)], Auckland, [N.Z.]: Carrington Polytechnic, 1991
- Austin's contribution is noted under the title: "Opposition Spokesperson on Education."
- Strategies to achieve excellence: expanding the potential of young Maori through education: 7 September 1993, the James Cook Centra, Wellington [prepared by Institute for International Research], Auckland, [N.Z.]: The Institute, 1993
- Austin's contribution is a paper entitled: "[T]he agenda for change and it's [sic] effects on education."
- This book contains a profile of Austin, with eleven other women.
- Who' Who 1987, p. 32.
- "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Ilam, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- Who's Who in the New Zealand Parliament 1987. Wellington: Parliamentary Service. 1987.
- Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 53. ISBN 0 86868 159 8.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Yaldhurst
|Party political offices|
|Senior Whip of the Labour Party
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