WOMEN MEMBERS OF TASMANIAN STATE PARLIAMENT
FEMALE FRANCHISE - TASMANIA
Tasmanian women became eligible to vote in House of Assembly elections in 1904 following a change to the eligibility criteria from 'man' to 'person' in the Constitution Act 1903. Although this allowed women to vote they were still not eligible to stand for election to either House.
In October 1920 women who had served as nurses in the First World War became eligible to vote in Legislative Council elections (Constitution (War Service Franchise) Act, 4/1920).
In 1921 women were granted the right to stand for election. This change permitted Alicia O'Shea-Petersen and Edith Waterworth to stand in Denison and Annette Youl to stand in Wilmot (now Lyons), albeit unsuccessfully, in June 1922 (Constitution Amendment Act, 61/1921).
In 1928 compulsory voting for both women and men was introduced (Electoral Act, 55/1928).
In 1930 it became mandatory to enrol to vote at Federal and State elections (Constitution Act, 94/1930).
In 1941 the franchise for the Legislative Council was extended to all '... servicemen and women in any war' and the age limit reduced from 30 years to 21 years, or lower for serving members of the armed forces (Constitution Act, 66/1941).
In 1954 the spouses of property owners, who were mainly men - due to loan restrictions - became eligible to vote in Legislative Council elections (Constitution Act, 69/1954).
In 1968 full adult franchise was granted for Legislative Council elections (Constitution Act, 68/1968) and the general voting age for all electors was lowered to 18 years in 1973.
Further reading: Vicki Pearce 'A Few Viragos on a Stump:
the womanhood suffrage campaign in Tasmania 1880-1920' in Tasmanian Historical
Research Association Vol. 32 No. 4 1985 pp.151-164.
FEMALE FIRSTS - TASMANIA
FIRST WOMEN TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
Hon. Sue SMITH became the first women to be elected as President of the Legislative Council on Tuesday 10 May 2008.
FIRST WOMEN TO BECOME PREMIER
Hon. Lara T GIDDINGS became the first women Premier of Tasmania on Monday 24 January 2011.
FIRST WOMEN TO BECOME SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
Hon. Elise ARCHER became the first female Speaker of the House of Assembly on Tuesday 6 May 2014.
MAJORITY OF WOMEN IN HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY FOR FIRST TIME
Following the March 2018 House of Assembly Election Women make up 52% of the members.
TIMELINE OF WOMEN IN THE TASMANIAN ELECTORAL PROCESS
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Last Update: 27 March 2018