Sharman Stone

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Dr Sharman Stone
Sharman Stone 2017.jpg
Ambassador of Australia for Women and Girls
Assumed office
21 November 2016
Preceded byNatasha Stott Despoja
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Murray
In office
2 March 1996 – 9 May 2016
Preceded byBruce Lloyd
Succeeded byDamian Drum
Minister for Workforce Participation
In office
27 January 2006 – 3 December 2007
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byPeter Dutton
Succeeded byBrendan O'Connor
Personal details
Sharman Nancy Bawden

(1951-04-23) 23 April 1951 (age 68)
Pyramid Hill, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Doug Stone (divorced)
Alma mater

Sharman Nancy Stone (née Bawden; born 23 April 1951) is a former Australian politician who represented Murray in the Australian House of Representatives between March 1996 and July 2016 as a member of the Liberal Party. She currently serves as the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls after Natasha Stott Despoja stepped down from the role in late 2016.[1]


Stone was born in Pyramid Hill, Victoria, the daughter of Harvey Bawden and Nancy Chalmers. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), from La Trobe University with a Master of Arts, from Hawthorn College of Advanced Education with a Graduate Diploma of Education, and was awarded a PhD by Monash. She was Manager of International Development at the University of Melbourne, Director of Communications at the Victorian Farmers Federation, and a farmer before entering politics.[2]

Political career[edit]

Elected to federal parliament at the 1996 federal election, Stone was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage in October 1998. Following the re-election of the Howard Government in October 2004, she became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration. On 27 January 2006 she was appointed Minister for Workforce Participation, succeeding Peter Dutton.

After the defeat of the Howard Government in November 2007, Stone took up the role of Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs. Following Malcolm Turnbull's defeat of Brendan Nelson for the leadership of the Liberal Party, and the retirement of Senator Chris Ellison, Stone became Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in the subsequent reshuffle. Stone announced her retirement from politics on 26 March 2016,[3] which took effect from the double dissolution of the Australian Parliament on 9 May, in advance of the 2016 federal election on 2 July.[4]


Stone is an author of numerous publications on race relations, environment and geology (with Doug Stone) amongst others, including Aborigines in White Australia (London and Melbourne, 1974).


  1. ^ Bishop, Julie; Cash, Michaelia (21 November 2016). "Ambassador for Women and Girls" (Press release). Australian Government.
  2. ^ Heywood, Anne (19 January 2016). "Stone, Sharman Nancy (1951 - )". The Australian Women's Register. The National Foundation for Australian Women; The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Sharman Stone: Liberal MP for Murray retires from politics after 20 years". ABC News. Australia. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ "DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE CALLING OF THE DOUBLE DISSOLUTION ELECTION FOR 2 JULY 2016" (PDF). Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 8 May 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2016.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bruce Lloyd
Member for Murray
Succeeded by
Damian Drum
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Dutton
Minister for Workforce Participation
Succeeded by
Brendan O'Connor
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Natasha Stott Despoja
Ambassador of Australia for Women and Girls