Carmen Lawrence

Carmen Lawrence completed her PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Western Australia in 1983. She then entered State and Federal politics, becoming Premier of Western Australia in 1990 before entering the Federal arena in 1994. Immediately on entering the House of Representatives she was chosen to serve in the Keating Ministry and held the portfolios of Human Services and Health as well as Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Interests until the government fell in March 1996. She remained in Parliament until 2007 and then returned to academia at her alma mater.

Carmen currently holds a position as Winthrop Professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Western Australia. She is also currently the Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.