Carolyn Laura Power (née Habib) is an Australian politician. She has been a Liberal member of the South Australian House of Assembly since the 2018 state election, representing Elder.

Carolyn Power

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Assistant Minister Domestic and Family Violence
Assumed office
5 April 2018 (2018-04-05)
PremierSteven Marshall
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Elder
Assumed office
17 March 2018
Preceded byAnnabel Digance
Personal details
Carolyn Laura Habib

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia[1]
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia

Power, previously a City of Marion councillor, worked in health and human services for not-for-profit organisations before her election. She was the unsuccessful Liberal candidate for the seat at the 2014 state election.[2] During the 2014 election campaign, the Labor Party released a flyer headlined "Can You Trust Habib?", which the Liberals described as a racist attack on her surname and Lebanese heritage.[1]

In April 2018, a month after her election, Power was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention. She was a former youth sector worker.[3]

In August 2018, Carolyn Habib officially changed her surname from Habib to Power. Power was married prior to the 2018 election to her childhood sweetheart, Brad Power. Power chose to wait to change her surname to ensure there was no confusion or extra costs associated in reproducing election materials.[4]


  1. ^ a b Davidson, Helen (12 March 2014). "Labor election pamphlet a 'thinly veiled racist attack'". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  2. ^ Green, Antony (2018). "Elder - SA Election 2018". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ Novak, Lauren (5 April 2018). "Liberal MP Carolyn Habib, South Australia's first Family Violence Prevention Minister, outlines her plans". NewsCorp Australia. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ Lauren, Novak (3 August 2018). " | Liberal Assistant Minister Carolyn Habib takes husband Brad Power's surname after marriage". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
Political offices
New title Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Annabel Digance
Member for Elder