Sarah Hanson-Young

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Sarah Hanson-Young
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Senator for South Australia
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Personal details
Born (1981-12-23) 23 December 1981 (age 35)
Nationality  Australia
Political party Greens
Children 1
Residence Daw Park, Adelaide[2]

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.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hanson-Young was born in Melbourne,[4] and grew up near Orbost in East Gippsland.[5] She has worked on several community projects in Orbost including the establishment of the Orbost Youth Centre.[citation needed] In 1999 she was awarded the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year award for Gippsland, Victoria.[citation needed]

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.[4][6]


In 2004, Hanson-Young worked as a bank teller.[4] From 2004 until she took parliamentary office in 2008, she worked for Amnesty International as Campaign Manager for South Australia and the Northern Territory.[4]

As of 2006, she was studying for a postgraduate law degree.[7][8]

Prior to her entry into politics, she also worked as media advisor to Mark Parnell (SA Greens) in the 2006 South Australian election[7][8] and was a campaigner with Justice for Refugees (SA).[9]

Political career[edit]

Hanson-Young was a candidate for the South Australian Legislative Council in the 2006 state election, ranked fourth on the Greens' ticket.[10][11]

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,[3] and the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian parliament.[12] Although the South Australian Green primary vote remained relatively unchanged, preferences from the Australian Labor Party provided the required quota for a Greens senator.[13][14]

As of 2016 Hanson-Young's portfolio responsibilities within the Greens include finance and trade, arts, education, youth, and water and the Murray-Darling Basin.[15]

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.[16] Public reaction on the matter was divided, and ignited a debate on accommodating children and their carers in the workplace.[17] 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.[18]

Hanson-Young challenged Christine Milne for the Green deputy leadership in October 2010 but was unsuccessful.[19] 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.[20] Hanson-Young was re-elected to the Senate at the 2013 federal election and again at the 2016 double dissolution election.

In December 2013, Hanson-Young, along with Senators Louise Pratt (ALP) and Sue Boyce (LNP) established a cross-party working group on marriage equality.[21]

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.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Hanson-Young was married to former local government councillor Zane Young; the couple divorced in 2011.[23][24] Together they have one child.[17]


  1. ^ "Senator Sarah Hanson-Young Parliamentary Biography". ParlInfo. Commonwealth of Australia. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Form A: Statement of Registrable Interests" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Rob Lundie & Martin Lumb "Selected political records of the Commonwealth Parliament" (Parliament of Australia). Access date: 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Biography for HANSON-YOUNG, Sarah Coral". ParlInfo. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "ETS 'not tough enough'". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Crook, Andrew (1 October 2010). "Crikey List: which MPs were involved in student politics?". Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Edwards, Verity (27 October 2006). "Greens pin Senate hopes on 'new Natasha'". The Australian. News Corporation. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Natasha 'my Senate hero'". Border Mail. 28 October 2006. 
  9. ^ Heywood, John (14 June 2006). "New refugee bill opposed". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "2006 SA election candidates". Electoral Commission of South Australia. 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "2006 Legislative Council Candidates – Voting Tickets: Australian Greens" (PDF). Electoral Commission of South Australia. 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Greens a new 'third force'". The Advertiser. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2007. 
  13. ^ "Senate Results: South Australia – Federal Election 2007". ABC Elections. Retrieved 5 January 2008.  Cathy Perry (ALP) is excluded at count 23, giving 71,615 votes to Sarah Hanson-Young, who achieves quota.
  14. ^ "2007 Senate Count for South Australia" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. 
  15. ^ "Australian Greens Senators – Portfolios". GreensMPs. Australian Greens. 19 December 2016. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Children in the parliamentary chambers" (PDF). Australian Parliament House. October 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 May 2010. 
  17. ^ a b Kleinig, Xanthe; Rehn, Alison (20 June 2009). "Mums condemn Sarah Hanson-Young". News Corporation. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Senators allowed infants in the chamber". SBS. 8 Nov 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Sarah Hanson-Young challenges for Deputy Leader of the Greens". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 26 October 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. 
  20. ^ "Deputy post boosts Bandt". The Age. Fairfax Media. 14 April 2012. 
  21. ^ Same-sex couples wait on High Court ruling, Herald Sun, 11 December 2013
  22. ^ "Greens leader praises dumped Hanson-Young". InDaily. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "City of Mitcham – Overton Ward" (PDF). November 2006 Local Government Election Report. State Electoral Office of South Australia. 2006.  (page 111)
  24. ^ Jones, Gemma (12 November 2011). "Taxing year for Green warrior". The Advertiser. 

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