Molly Byrne, Anne Levy lead Labor women into House of Assembly and Legislative Council
In 1965, Molly Byrne led the way for Labor female parliamentarians as a member of the House of Assembly for the seat of Tea Tree Gully.
Anne Levy in 1975 was first Labor woman in the Legislative Council and, in 1986, its president. This made her the first presiding office of any house of parliament in Australia.
Barbara Wiese (1985) was the first Labor woman and Legislative Council member to be a minister, from 1985 to 1994, mainly in the tourism portfolio
June Appleby (1985, House of Assembly) and Carolyn Pickles (1989, Legislative Council) were the first women government whips.
Labor’s Penny Wong, a minister in the federal government of Adelaide’s Julia Gillard, was the first Malaysian-born and openly gay minister.