Lisa Singh
Lisa Singh

In an historical win, an Indian-origin Labour Senator has been re-elected to the Australian senate.

Lisa Singh tweeted that she was “deeply honoured” by the historic result. “Deeply honored by this historic result that's returned me to the@AuSenate Thank you Tasmanians this is your win. #ausvotes#politas.”

With the re-elections, she becomes the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament.

Lisa Singh won an amazing 6.1percent of the vote (0.80 quotas) in her own right, and this practically guaranteed five seats for Labor because of the way votes were split between Labor’s No. 4 and Singh.

After being demoted to the “unwinnable” No. 6 position on the Labor ticket, she found a way to win.

Lisa Singh is the first senate winner to overcome her party’s ticket order since 1953.

She was elected to the Australian Senate representing Tasmania in August 2010 and began her term on July 1st, 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 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, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee conferred on Lisa a Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award for her exceptional and meritorious public service as a person of Indian heritage in fostering friendly relations between India and Australia.

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.

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.

As a member of the Tasmanian parliament Lisa served on various parliamentary committees and served the people of Denison in the House of Assembly as a strong advocate for housing, public transport, cultural diversity and reform for the Hobart waterfront.

In November 2008, Lisa became a Minister in the State Labor Government and introduced significant reforms in her portfolio areas of Workplace Relations and Corrections and Consumer Protection, as well as assisting the Premier on Climate Change.

Lisa reformed workers compensation laws in Tasmania, established a unique whole of government asbestos policy, introduced reforms in the private rental market, introduced vendor disclosure and energy efficiency standards for residential properties, and commenced a ten year reform plan for the Tasmanian corrections system.

She has always been a strong advocate for working people. Before and after 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.

She was Hobart City Council’s ‘Hobart Citizen of the Year’ in 2004 and in 2010 was the founding CEO of the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, a support organisation for asbestos disease sufferers in Tasmania.

Lisa is the mother of two sons and lives in Hobart.

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