Wendy Fatin

Wendy Frances Fatin (born 10 April 1941) is a retired Australian politician. She was a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and was the first woman from Western Australia elected to the House of Representatives, representing the division of Canning (1983–1984) and Brand (1984–96). She held ministerial office in the Hawke and Keating Governments, serving as Minister for Local Government (1990–1991), Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (1990–1993), and Minister for the Arts and Territories (1991–1993).


Wendy Fatin
Minister for the Arts and Territories
In office
27 December 1991 – 24 March 1993
Prime MinisterPaul Keating
Preceded byDavid Simmons
Succeeded byRos Kelly
Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women
In office
4 April 1990 – 24 March 1993
Prime MinisterBob Hawke
Paul Keating
Preceded byMargaret Reynolds
Succeeded byRos Kelly
Minister for Local Government
In office
4 April 1990 – 27 December 1991
Prime MinisterBob Hawke
Paul Keating
Preceded byMargaret Reynolds
Succeeded byDavid Simmons
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Brand
In office
1 December 1984 – 29 January 1996
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byKim Beazley
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Canning
In office
5 March 1983 – 1 December 1984
Preceded byMel Bungey
Succeeded byGeorge Gear
Personal details
Born (1941-04-10) 10 April 1941 (age 79)
Harvey, Western Australia
Political partyLabor
OccupationNurse

Early lifeEdit

Fatin became a registered nurse in 1962 and later attained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT). She was a strong advocate for women's issues and was one of the founders of the Women's Electoral Lobby in Western Australia. She served as a ministerial adviser to the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation and Minister for Social Security in 1974–1975.

PoliticsEdit

At the 1983 election, Fatin was elected to the House of Representatives for the Division of Canning, winning the seat from the Liberals' Mel Bungey on a 9.1% swing. She is notable as being the first Western Australian woman to win a seat in that House.[1] Following an electoral redistribution, she won the new seat of Brand at the 1984 election, holding it until her retirement in 1996.

In April 1990, Fatin was appointed to the Hawke ministry as Minister for Local Government and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women. In December 1991, she left Local Government and was appointed Minister for the Arts and Territories, retaining her Status of Women role. She stepped down from the ministry after the 1993 election, and chose to retire from politics at the 1996 election, being succeeded in her seat by deputy prime minister Kim Beazley, who had moved from the marginal seat of Swan.

Later lifeEdit

Her advocacy work continued beyond her retirement from politics, and she is an honorary life member of the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Government of Western Australia (1999). A portrait of progress: Women in Western Australia 1899–1999 (PDF). Retrieved 25 October 2007.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Reynolds
Minister for Local Government
1990–1991
Succeeded by
David Simmons
Minister assisting the Prime Minister
for the Status of Women

1990–1993
Succeeded by
Ros Kelly
Preceded by
David Simmons
Minister for the Arts and Territories
1991–1993
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Mel Bungey
Member for Canning
1983–1984
Succeeded by
George Gear
New division Member for Brand
1984–1996
Succeeded by
Kim Beazley