From Lisa Singh:
As a passionate Tasmanian, I am proud to represent the State as a Labor Senator and thank the Tasmanian people for electing me to this privileged position.
I see my role as giving a voice to Tasmanians through Federal Labor policy and debate. I will endeavour to apply the values of the people who elected me into the Senate to ensure I am representing their interests. To do this, I will engage in conversation within the Tasmanian community, and urge you to share your views and opinions with me.
Like you, I want a Tasmania that continues to thrive and prosper; where no one is left behind and every person has a chance to succeed.
I will work hard to stand up for the needs of all Tasmanians in the hope that we can share in a better future for all.
Lisa Singh was elected as a Tasmanian Labor Senator in August 2010 and began her term on 1 July 2011, following in the political footsteps of her grandfather Ram Jati Singh, who was a member of the Fijian Parliament in the 1960s. She is considered the first woman of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament.
In October 2013, the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, appointed Lisa to be the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General. She was promoted to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water on 24 June 2014.
Lisa is a passionate supporter of the Australia-India relationship and is developing and strengthening ties between both countries through her role as an Australian Senator. In 2014, her exceptional and meritorious public service as a person of Indian heritage in fostering friendly relations between India and Australia was recognised with a Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award from the President of India.
Prior to being elected to the Australian Senate, Lisa served in the Tasmanian Parliament as a Labor Member for Denison from 2006 to March 2010. In 2008, she was appointed Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection and Minister for Workplace Relations, as well as Minister assisting the Premier on Climate Change.
As Minister, Lisa achieved significant and lasting reforms in these portfolios; including the introduction of landmark energy efficiency standards for residential properties, overhauling Tasmania’s workers compensation laws, establishing the state’s first whole of government asbestos policy and initiating the 10-year reform plan for the Tasmanian corrections system.
Before her term in the Tasmanian Parliament, Lisa served the Tasmanian community in the union movement, the non-government sector and the public service. She has been President of the United Nations Australia Association – Tasmanian Division, President of YWCA Tasmania, Director of the Tasmanian Working Women’s Centre, Board Member of the Hobart Women’s Health Centre and a Convenor of the Australian Republican Movement. In recognition of her peace activism against the war in Iraq she was Hobart City Council’s ‘Hobart Citizen of the Year’ in 2004.
In 2010, Lisa became the founding CEO of the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, a support organisation for asbestos disease sufferers in Tasmania. Her interest in minimising the impact of asbestos-related disease continues in the Senate, where in 2011 she co-founded the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD). She was Acting Chair for the UNICEF Parliamentary Group in 2013 and currently co-chairs the Parliamentary Friends of HIV/AIDS, Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the Parliamentary Friendship Group on Productive Diversity and Settlement as she has long been an advocate for fairness and humanity in the treatment of asylum seekers.Lisa actively serves on a number of Parliamentary Committees, including the Senate Environment and Communications committee and the Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
Lisa has always been a strong advocate for social justice, human rights and the environment throughout her career. As Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General, she argued passionately for better access to justice, including greater support for legal aid and community legal centres, and against destructive changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. As Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa has been an outspoken advocate for Tasmania’s wilderness and unique environment as well as a strong and consistent supporter of renewable energy and Australia’s efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Social Geography) from the University of Tasmania and Masters of International Relations from Macquarie University. She is the mother of two sons and lives in Hobart.