Senator Margaret Reid AO

Senator Margaret Reid became the first Australian woman President of the Senate in 1996.

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Senator Margaret Reid was born on 28 May 1935 at Crystal Brook, South Australia. She graduated LLB in Adelaide and worked as a barrister and solicitor. Margaret first became a senator in May 1981, representing the Liberal Party in the Australian Capital Territory.

She was re-elected in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1998. She was Deputy Government Whip (1982-83), Deputy Opposition Whip (1983-87) and Opposition Whip in the Senate (1987-95). In May 1995, she became the Deputy President of the Senate and Chair of Committees. In August of the following year she became the first female President of the Senate in Australia.

Margaret has represented Australia at numerous overseas conferences during her career.