In the lead up to the Federal Election on 7 September 2013, Australian Women Online will be profiling women from the major political parties in both houses of Federal Parliament.
First up is Anna Burke, Federal Member for Chisholm (ALP) and Speaker of the House of Representatives. She campaigned for the introduction of the Do Not Call Register. She doesn’t agree with her party’s tough stance on asylum seekers, including the recently announced deal with PNG. But you won’t see Anna Burke crossing the floor of Parliament.
As a young girl Anna Burke and her sister would stand outside the auditorium at Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne, selling fairy floss and popcorn during school holidays. That girl, never dreamed that one day she would become a Member of Federal Parliament, let alone the Speaker of the House of Representatives.