|Senator for South Australia|
Assumed office |
1 July 2008
Sarah Coral Hanson|
23 December 1981
|Residence||Daw Park, Adelaide|
Sarah Coral Hanson-Young (née Hanson; born 23 December 1981) is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for South Australia since July 2008, representing the Australian Greens. She is the youngest woman to be elected to federal parliament, winning election at the age of 25 and taking office at the age of 26. Until 2018, she was the youngest person ever popularly elected to the Senate (several others have been appointed at younger ages).
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 popularly elected to the Australian senate, and the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian parliament (Natasha Stott-Despoja was younger at her first sitting, but older at the time of her election). 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. The rules of parliament at the time 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 care for their children in the chamber briefly.
Hanson-Young challenged Christine Milne for the Green deputy leadership in October 2010, but she was unsuccessful. Following the resignation of Australian Greens leader Bob Brown in 2012, she was 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 July 2018, Senator David Leyonhjelm claimed, without any evidence, that Senator Hanson-Young made misandrist comments in Parliament. In response, Leyonhjelm, a member of the Liberal Democrats, responded to the remarks by Hanson-Young by saying that she could "should stop shagging men" during a debate in which Leyonhjelm supported a motion to reduce the restrictions on the importation of pepper spray, mace and tasers for self-defence. Hanson-Young later confronted Leyonhjelm, seeking clarification on his remark, and called him a "creep," to which Leyonhjelm replied, "F... off." He stated in an interview "I am opposed to misandry just as I am opposed to misogyny and I am also entitled to call out double standards." He later went further in his criticism during two interviews on national television.
Senator Hanson-Young has suggested Senator Leyonhjelm resign. Furthermore, she has threatened to sue Leyonhjelm for defamation if he doesn’t apologise and compensate her within seven days. She has announced that any damages awarded will be donated to charity.
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