The First Female Leader of an Australian Federal Political Party

Forty years ago on the 14th of December 1977, Australian politics was changed forever. Janine Haines, then a school teacher, was selected to replace outgoing Senator Steele Hall, paving the way for her to later become the first ever Australian woman to lead a Federal political party. Her story holds a special place in the annals of Australian history and continues to inspire and enchant… Elisa Resce the national president of the Australian Democrats spoke to Eleanor about this lesser-known extraordinary woman.

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