Wendy Fatin

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The Honourable
Wendy Fatin
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Canning
In office
5 March 1983 – 1 December 1984
Preceded by Mel Bungey
Succeeded by George Gear
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Brand
In office
1 December 1984 – 29 January 1996
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Kim Beazley
Personal details
Born (1941-04-10) 10 April 1941 (age 75)
Harvey, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Nurse

Wendy Frances Fatin (born 10 April 1941), Australian politician, was a member of the Australian House of Representatives from Western Australia representing the Australian Labor Party in the Divisions of Canning (1983–1984) and Brand (1984–96). Fatin is notable as being the first Western Australian woman to win a seat in that House.[1]

In 1962, she became a registered nurse and later attained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT). She was a strong advocate for women's issues and was one of the founders of the Women's Electoral Lobby in Western Australia. She served as a ministerial adviser to the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation and Minister for Social Security in 1974–1975.

At the 1983 election, she was elected to the House of Representatives for the Division of Canning, winning the seat from the Liberals' Melville Bungey on a 9.1% swing. Following an electoral redistribution, she won the new seat of Brand at the 1984 election, holding it until her retirement in 1996.

In April 1990, Fatin was appointed to the Hawke ministry as Minister for Local Government and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women. In December 1991, she left Local Government and was appointed Minister for the Arts and Territories, retaining her Status of Women role. She stepped down from the ministry after the 1993 election, and chose to retire from politics at the 1996 election, being succeeded in her seat by deputy prime minister Kim Beazley, who had moved from the marginal seat of Swan.

Her advocacy work continued beyond her retirement, and she is an honorary life member of the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Reynolds
Minister for Local Government
Succeeded by
David Simmons
Minister assisting the Prime Minister
for the Status of Women

Succeeded by
Ros Kelly
Preceded by
David Simmons
Minister for the Arts and Territories
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Mel Bungey
Member for Canning
Succeeded by
George Gear
New division Member for Brand
Succeeded by
Kim Beazley