Kay Brownbill, Isobel Redmond and Vicki Chapman add to firsts for women in politics

Kay Brownbill and Isabel Redmond created two female firsts for South Australian Liberal MPs.
Image courtesy State Library of South Australia and South Australian Parliament House

Kay Brownbill (Liberal Country League) unleashed off another wave of South Australian political firsts in 1966 when elected to the federal House of Representatives for the seat of Kingston.

Heather Southcott was the first Australian Democrats woman elected to the House of Assembly in 1982.

In 1986, Janine Haines, a former maths and English teacher, created a first by being elected leader of the Australian Democrats party.

Her deputy was Natasha Stott Despoja, the youngest woman elected to federal parliament (a record taken by the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young in 2008) and, later, the youngest to lead a political party.

Ruby Hammond was the first Aboriginal woman candidate for the state parliament in 1988.

The Liberal Party’s Isobel Redmond broke another barrier as leader of the opposition (2009-13). Vicki Champman became the state's first deputy premier for the Liberal government in 2018.

In 2010, Kelly Vincent of the Dignity for Disability Party (SA) was the first Australian politician elected on the platform of rights for people with a disability.

At the time of her election, Vincent was the youngest woman in an Australian Parliament and the first South Australian parliamentarian to use a wheelchair.

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