Fatin, Wendy Frances, (the Hon.) (1941-)

Fatin, Wendy Frances, (the Hon.) (1941-)
Also known as
FATIN, Wendy Frances, (the Hon) (1941-)
Fatin, Wendy Frances (1941-)
Field of activity
Nurse; Parliamentarian; Politician; Past Member of the Australian Federal Parliament; MP; Member for Canning, Western Australia
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-728097

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Born 10.4.41 at Harvey, WA.

Member for Canning (WA) 1983-84; Member for Brand (WA) 1984-96

 

Ministerial Appointments:

  • Minister for Local Government from 4.4.90 to 27.12.91.
  • Minister for Arts and Territories from 27.12.91 to 24.3.93.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 4.4.90 to 24.3.93.

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A member of the Australian Labor Party, Wendy Fatin was elected to the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament as the Member for Canning, Western Australia at the federal election, which was held in 1983. She was the first woman from Western Australia to be elected to the House of Representatives. At the 1984 election, following an electoral redistribution, she won the new seat of Brand, which she held until her retirement in 1996. Her Ministerial appointments included Local Government from 1990-1991 and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women. In December 1991 she was appointed Minister for the Arts and Territories, remaining in that position until after the 1993 election.

Wendy Fatin qualified as a nurse in 1962 and subsequently gained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) at the Western Australian Institute of Technology. A feminist, she was one of the founders of the Women's Electoral Lobby in Western Australia in the early 1970s and in 1989 was a member of the core founding group of the National Foundation for Australian Women with Marie Coleman, Helen L'Orange and Ann Symonds. She served as an Advisor to the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation and Minister for Social Security from 1974-1975.

She is an honorary life member of the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance.

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

Wendy Fatin became a registered nurse in 1962. She later gained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT). After working as a ministerial advisor in the 1970s, Fatin was elected to the House of Representatives in 1983. She served as Minister for Local Government (1990-1991), Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (1990-1993) and Minister for Arts and Territories (1991-1993). She retired prior to the general election in March 1996.

  • Career position - Registered Nurse
  • Career position - Advisor to the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation and the Minister for Social Security
  • Career position - Member of the House of Representatives for Canning in Western Australia
  • Career position - Member of the House of Representatives for Brand in Western Australia
  • Career position - Minister for Local Government
  • Career position - Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women
  • Career position - Minister for Arts and Territories
  • Life event - Retired

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

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Australian Parliamentary Library

  1. Wendy Fatin
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Australian Women's Register

  1. Fatin, Wendy Frances
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Fatin, Wendy Frances (1941-)
    Smith, Ailie
    [2007]
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: IspartOf Bright Sparcs
  3. Nursing and the politics of health care
    Fatin, Wendy
    [[Sydney]]
    Published: N.S.W. College of Nursing
  4. [Biographical cuttings on Wendy Fatin, first WA woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    Series: National Library of Australia
    Bib ID 1872190
  5. [Interview with Wendy Fatin] [sound recording]
    [1 sound cassette : 1988]
    Series: State Library of Western Australia, J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History
    Originally broadcast on Radio National. Hon. Wendy Fatin, Minister for Arts and Territories, and Minister Assisting Prime Minister for the Status of Women, talks about her life and what has helped shape her beliefs, and her work as a politician in a male dominated profession.
    OH2605/9

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Fatin, Wendy Frances
    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. Primary description of person CP 470; Hon Wendy Frances Fatin
    Published: National Archives of Australia, 2003
    Series: RecordSearch
  4. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    Published: Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001

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