Professor Emerita, School of Psychological Science, UWA. University of Western Australia
After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times WA Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was Australia’s first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government (WA). Shifting to Federal politics in 1994, she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation, and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007. She is now Professor Emerita in the School of Psychological Science at UWA.