|Senator for South Australia|
1 July 2008
23 December 1981 |
|Residence||Daw Park, Adelaide|
Sarah Coral Hanson-Young (born 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 woman to sit in federal parliament, and the youngest senator to be elected (Bill O'Chee was a senator at a younger age, but was appointed to fill a casual vacancy rather than being elected).
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 obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Adelaide. While studying she was, firstly, Environment Officer in 2001/2002 then, secondly, President in 2002/2003, of the Students' Association of the University of Adelaide.
In 2004, Hanson-Young worked as a bank teller; and, from the same year 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. Formal parliamentary procedures do not allow for senators or members to bring their children onto floor of the Senate and House of Representatives chamber. Public reaction on the matter was divided, and ignited a debate on accommodating children and their carers in the workplace.
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.
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- Sarah Hanson-Young official website
- Parliamentary biography
- SA Greens website
- Introductory interview on Triple J's Hack programme 18 August 2008 (audio mp3 format)
- Summary of parliamentary voting for Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on TheyVoteForYou.org.au