|Senator for South Australia|
1 July 2008
23 December 1981 |
|Residence||Daw Park, Adelaide|
Sarah Coral Hanson-Young (born Sarah Coral Hanson on 23 December 1981) is an Australian politician. She has been a Greens member of the Senate since July 2008, representing the state of South Australia. She is the youngest Senator, and the youngest woman, ever elected to the Australian Parliament.
Early life and education
Hanson-Young was born in Melbourne, and grew up near Orbost in East Gippsland. She has worked on several community projects in Orbost including the establishment of the Orbost Youth Centre. In 1999 she was awarded the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year award for Gippsland, Victoria.
She graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 2002. While studying she was Environment Officer from 2001 to 2002, and then President from 2002 to 2003, of the Students' Association of the University of Adelaide.
In 2004, Hanson-Young worked as a bank teller. From 2004 until she took parliamentary office in 2008, she worked for Amnesty International as Campaign Manager for South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Hanson-Young was elected senator for South Australia at the 2007 federal election. She was the first Greens senator to be elected in that state, the youngest person—at 25—ever elected to the Australian senate, and the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian parliament. Although the South Australian Green primary vote remained relatively unchanged, preferences from the Australian Labor Party provided the required quota for a Greens senator.
Hanson-Young became the focus of attention on 18 June 2009 when the Senate President ordered the removal of her two-year-old daughter from the Senate chamber during a division. At the time. the rules of parliament did not allow for senators or members to bring their children into the chamber. Public reaction on the matter was divided, and ignited a debate on accommodating children and their carers in the workplace. Despite a delay of seven years, the incident led directly to a change in the rules of both the House of Representatives and Senate, which now allow MPs and senators to briefly care for their children in the chamber.
Hanson-Young challenged Christine Milne for the Green deputy leadership in October 2010 but was unsuccessful. Following the resignation of Australian Greens leader Bob Brown in 2012, she again nominated for the deputy leadership but lost, by an undisclosed margin, to Adam Bandt. Hanson-Young was re-elected to the Senate at the 2013 federal election and again at the 2016 double dissolution election.
In August 2016, Hanson-Young was dumped as the Greens' Immigration spokesperson. She was replaced by Nick McKim in this area of responsibility. She retained the senior portfolio areas of education and finance.
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