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 a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She 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 Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Library committee and a member – and former Deputy Chair – of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Audit and 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 drafted the 2011 National Platform, Secretary of the Federal Labor Parliamentary Caucus and Chair of the International and Legal Caucus Committee. She is currently Secretary of the Status of Women Caucus Committee.
Gai is also patron of the Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior Football Club, Tuggeranong Netball Association, Kulture Break, Valley FM, IWiN and Arthritis ACT, 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 has 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 education, small business, defence, foreign affairs, superannuation, financial literacy and public administration.
In October 2013, Gai was appointed 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 of approximately 1 921 sq km including Capital Hill and adjacent suburbs, Weston Creek, Woden Valley, Stromlo, Tuggeranong, Oaks Estate, the industrial areas of Fyshwick and Hume and the remainder of the ACT to the south and west of the Murrumbidgee and Molonglo Rivers.
Those Norfolk Island residents entitled to enrol in the Australian Capital Territory are enrolled in the Division of Canberra.
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