Carnell, Anne Katherine, (FAIPM, FAIM, MAICD, AO) (1955-)

Also known as
Carnell, Anne Katherine (1955-)
Field of activity
Politician; Pharmacist; Parliamentarian
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-771054

Biographies

Kate Carnell was Leader of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Liberal Party from 1993 to 2000, ACT chief minister from 1995 to 2000, and received the Liberal Party's Distinguished Service Award in 2002. In 2006 she was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 'for service to the community of the ACT through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries and medical technology advances.' As a pharmacist Carnell lobbied for an ACT branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and became the first woman national vice-president. She is involved at a high level in various pharmacy organisations and became the first chairperson of the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management. Carnell is a drug-law reformist and an advocate for a heroin trial and safe injecting rooms for Canberra. She is involved in many Canberra business and community organisations.

Kate Carnell was educated at St Aidan's Church of England Grammar School in Brisbane, and graduated in 1976 with a BPharm from the University of Queensland. Growing up in a strong Liberal household, Carnell joined the Young Liberals at fifteen.

She moved to Canberra in 1977 with husband Ian and at age twenty-five she bought Red Hill Pharmacy, which she ran until 2000. As a practicing pharmacist Carnell lobbied the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to establish the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Branch, which was formed in 1988, and became its inaugural president, a position she held from 1988 to 1994. She later became the Guild's national vice-president-the first woman in its history to hold the position-which she held from 1990 to 1994.

In the early 1990s Carnell was involved in revamping the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management and became its first chairperson, later awarded a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management. She has also been chairman of the Canberra and Southern District Pharmacists Company Ltd from 1982 to 1992, and a member of the Pharmacy Restructuring Authority from 1990 to 1991. She was also a a member of the ACT Pharmacy Registration Board from 1985 to 1991 and the ACT Board of Health from 1990 to 1991.

Carnell was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1992, and became leader in 1993. She was the chief minister twice during the period 1995 to 2000, and received the Liberal Party of Australia Distinguished Service Award in 2002. Her ministerial portfolios included: Tourism and the Arts in 2000; Multicultural and International Affairs and the Status of Women from 1995 to 2000; Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Affairs, Information Technology and Multimedia, Arts, Racing and Gaming, Treasurer from 1995 to 1999; Business and Employment from 1997 to 1998; and Health and Community Care from 1995 to 1998. Her committee service includes Social Policy, Public Accounts, Drugs and Estimates.

Breaking with Liberal conservatism and often party policy, Carnell drove an agenda of legislative reform. Her firm belief in drug law reform helped push through legislation to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis in medical research. She declared herself pro-choice and a republican. While chief minister she also pushed to raise Canberra's business and tourism profile.

Carnell has also been an outspoken advocate for a 'heroin trial', of controlled prescribed heroin to addicts, and for safe injecting places. She was the author of 'The heroin crisis: why we need courage', in (Bookman Press, 1999).

During her time in the ACT Legislative Assembly Carnell combined her pharmacy business and politics with what became single motherhood of two children. A successful businesswoman, she tripled the turnover of the Red Hill Pharmacy within three years and bought another three pharmacies. She was vice-president of the Retail Industry and Training Council, Australian Capital Territory from 1987 to 1992.

Carnell is an Honorary Ambassador for Canberra and became the Director of the Multicultural Business Chamber of Australia Ltd in 2001. In 2002 she was deputy chair of the Red Cross 'Caring Across Canberra' Appeal, served on the National Mental Health Foundation Steering Committee, and was chairperson of Canberra District Wine Industry Association.

She has received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary and is patron of the Canberra Multicultural Council, UNIFEM, the Philippine - Australian Association of the ACT and Monaro, the Canberra City Suns Soccer Club and the Women in Information and Communication (WIC).

Since resigning as ACT chief minister in 2000, Carnell has been the chief executive of development at TransACT Communications in 2001, the director of NRMA Ltd from 2001 to 2002 and the Executive Director of the National Association of Forest Industries. In 2007 she was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian General Practice Network. In 2008 she accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and in March 2012 assumed the role of CEO of beyondblue a national, independent, not for profit organisationworking to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders.

  • Vice-president of the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management
  • Inaugural president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Branch
  • National vice-president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Branch
  • Leader of the Liberal Part, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  • Deputy chair of the Red Cross 'Caring Across Canberra' Appeal
  • Awarded Officer of Order of Australia
  • Chief Executive Officer Australian General Practice Network
  • Chief Executive Officer Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • Chief Executive Officer beyondblue

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

Kate Carnell owned and operated the Red Hill Pharmacy in the Australian Capital Territory from 1981-2000. She was involved in various pharmacy organisations. In 1992 she was elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.

  • Education - Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) completed at the University of Queensland
  • Career position - Owner and operator of Red Hill Pharmacy in the Australian Capital Territory
  • Career position - Chairman of the Canberra and Southern District Pharmacists Company Ltd.
  • Career position - Vice-President of the Retail Industry and Training Council of Australian Capital Territory
  • Career position - President of the Pharmacy Guild Australia, Australian Capital Territory branch
  • Career position - Member of the Pharmacy Restructuring Authority
  • Career position - Member of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Board of Health
  • Career position - Councillor at the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management
  • Career position - National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild Australia
  • Career position - Board member of the Canberra Chamber of Commerce
  • Career position - Elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
  • Career position - Minister for Health and Community Care
  • Career position - Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister
  • Career position - Minister responsible for Multicultural and International Affairs
  • Career position - Minister for Business and Employment
  • Career position - Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts
  • Career position - Chief Executive of Development at TransACT Communications

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Related people and organisations

Australian Women's Register

  • (Exhibition) Women in the making of Canberra

Resources for Anne Katherine Carnell

Selected resources (11)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Carnell, Anne Katherine (Kate)
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Carnell, Anne Katherine (Kate) (1955 - ), Biographical Entry
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: IspartOf Bright Sparcs
  4. From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2013]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. Who's Who in Australia 2004
    [North Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  6. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  7. Contemporary Australians 1995/96
    [Port Melbourne, Victoria]
    Published: Reed Reference Australia
  8. Portrait of Kate Carnell at the National Library of Australia, 26 June 2006
    [2006]
    Series: National Library of Australia. Used with permission.

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Carnell, Anne Katherine (Kate)
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  3. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    Published: Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001

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