Gai Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010 and has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors.
Gai ran her own small business for ten years and understands the challenges faced by small business owners. Prior to that, she was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s.
Gai has represented Australia in India and worked on a range of international and national issues, from Indigenous youth development and climate change to defence capability, tax and foreign policy.
As a volunteer director on the Gift of Life and Our Wellness boards, Gai helped to lift the profile of organ donation and raised funds for better health services in Canberra. She is a former director and audit committee member of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and ACTTAB and a former director of the National Press Club.
Gai is the founding Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Small Business and Parliamentary Friends of Defence groups, founding Chair of the Small Business Caucus Committee and founder of ACT Labor For Small Business.
Gai is a member and former Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Audit and a member of the National Capital and External Territories Committee. She is a former member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
She was the Chair of the National Policy Committee, which developed the 2011 Australian Labor Party National Platform, Secretary of the Federal Labor Parliamentary Caucus, Chair of the International and Legal Caucus Committee and Secretary of the Status of Women Caucus Committee.
Gai is patron of the Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior Football Club, Tuggeranong Netball Association, Kulture Break, Valley FM, IWiN, ACT Boccia and Olympia Judo, an ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia and Welcome to Australia and a member of the Centre for Islamic and Arab Studies advisory group.
Gai graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Monash University.
She tutored at the University of Canberra and studied North Asian perceptions of Australia’s strengths as a manufacturing nation as the 1989 Royce Fellow.
Gai’s public policy interests include cyber security, education, small business, defence, foreign affairs, superannuation, financial literacy, public administration and women’s empowerment.
In July 2016, Gai was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence Personnel. From 2013-16, she was Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.
A long time Canberra resident, Gai enjoys cooking, gardening, architecture, visual arts, dance, walking, reading and spending time with her husband Chris Uhlmann.
Electorate of Canberra
Canberra covers an area immediately adjacent to the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin including the suburbs of Canberra City, Acton, Campbell, Pialligo and parts of Turner, Braddon and the District of Molongo. It extends southwards to the Territory/State border to include the areas of Capital Hill, Weston Creek, Woden Valley, Stromlo, Tuggeranong, Oaks Estate and the industrial areas of Fyshwick and Hume.
Since July 2016, Norfolk Island is included in the Division of Canberra.
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