SDSC WIIS Policy Dialogue
Protecting and promoting Australia’s interests in a time of strategic competition - Senator Penny Wong in conversation with Professor Evelyn Goh and Dr Amy King
Penny Wong has been a Senator for South Australia since 2001 and has held various cabinet positions since 2004, including the Minister for Climate Change and Water, and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In 2013, Penny Wong was elected Leader of the Government in Senate and, after the change of government in September 2013, subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. She is the first woman to hold either of these positions in Australia. Following the 2016 federal election, Penny was also appointed the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In this role, she has advocated Australia’s commitment to the rules-based international order and to being a model of good global citizenship. Prior to joining politics, Penny studied law and arts at the University of Adelaide, graduating with honours in 1992. She then worked for a union, as a ministerial adviser in the NSW Labor Government, and as a lawyer. Penny’s particular policy interests include gender equality, international relations, economics, and environmental issues. She regularly campaigns for women, LGBTI rights and a multicultural Australia.
Amy King is Senior Lecturer at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), and an ARC DECRA and Westpac Research Fellow.
Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies and Director of Research at SDSC.
This policy dialogue held on 13 November at ANU is the tenth of the ‘Women in International Security: Theory and Practice’ Seminar Series 2018-19, jointly sponsored by the ANU Gender Institute and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Consisting of research, career development, and policy dialogue seminars, this series showcases the work of prominent women in the fields of international security. For more information, contact the Series Convenor, Professor Evelyn Goh firstname.lastname@example.org.