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Levy, Anne (1934 - )

The Honourable

Born
29 September 1934
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Parliamentarian
Alternative Names
  • Levy, Judith Anne Winstanley

Summary

Anne Levy was the first woman to preside in any house of any Parliament in Australia. She was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council in 1975 where she remained until 1997. In 1986 she became the President of the Legislative Council - the first woman to be a Presiding Officer of a House of Parliament in Australia. She held various Ministerial positions between 1989-1993, including first ever Minister for the Status of Women in Australia.

Details

Born in Perth, Anne Levy moved to Adelaide at the age of six and has since resided there. She was awarded her Bachelor of Science with Honours in 1957 and her Master of Science in 1963, both from the University of Adelaide. There she worked as a Tutor and Senior Tutor in Genetics from 1960-1975.

Levy was elected Member of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of South Australia in 1975. She was re-elected in 1982 and 1989. She served on many Parliamentary Committees, including the Industries Development Committee (of which she was Chair) 1983-85, and the Statutory Authorities Committee, 1994-97. She was elected President of the Legislative Council, 1986-88. From 1989-1993 she served with the Bannon and later Arnold Governments as Minister for the Arts, Minister of Local Government, Minister of State Supply, Minister of Consumer Affairs, and Minister for the Status of Women. She retired in 1997.

Levy was also a Member of the Council of the University of Adelaide, 1975-96; Patron of the Humanist Society, and 1986 Australian Humanist of the Year; Member of the Abortion Law Repeal Association, 1969 onwards; Founding member of the Family Planning Association, 1972-84; Patron of Supporting Mothers Association (SA); Founding and life member of the National Foundation of Australian Women (Board member 1993-95 and President 1996-99); Honorary Life Member of the Women's Electoral Lobby; Elected member of the Management Committee of the Women's Legal Service (SA); and Founding member of Emily's List (Australia).

Levy worked primarily in areas of homosexual law reform, abortion law reform, euthnasia, rape law reform, childcare, maternity leave, equality in education for girls, equal pay and affirmative action. She married Keith Barley in 1956 and the pair had two children, Mathew (born 1959) and Rachel (born 1962).

Events

1965 - 1975
Senior Tutor - Adelaide University
1975 - 1997
Legislative Council, Australian Labor Party
24 May 1979
Member - Joint Committee on Subordinate Legislation
1986 - 1989
President - Legislative Council
1994 - 1997
Member - Statutory Authorities Review Committee

Archival resources

Flinders University Library, Special Collections

  • Anne Levy celebration introducing Dr. Anne Summers, 1986, BANN/SP/0670; John Bannon Collection; Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details
  • Anne Levy elected to State Ministry, 11 April 1989, BANN/PR/1368; John Bannon Collection; Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details
  • Anne Levy's Bill, 1977 - 1978, BANN/057/Parliament 1977-1978 (16); John Bannon Collection; Levy, Anne (1934 - ), Bannon, John; Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details
  • Arts 1989, 1989, BANN/045/Arts 1989; John Bannon Collection; Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details
  • Correspondence - Resignation 1992 - 1993 L, 1992, BANN/003/CR - resignation 1992-1993 L; John Bannon Collection; Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details
  • Electorate Office - Miscellaneous Correspondence October 1992 to June 1993, October 1992 - June 1993, BANN/004/RSE10; John Bannon Collection; Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details
  • Hungarian Uprising 30th Anniversary, 1986, BANN/SP/0855; John Bannon Collection; Levy, Anne (1934 - ); Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details
  • Mitcham Scented Garden, 1986, BANN/SP/0856; John Bannon Collection; Levy, Anne (1934 - ); Flinders University Library, Special Collections. Details

National Library of Australia

  • [Biographical cuttings on Anne Levy, politician, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals], Bib ID 1952587; National Library of Australia. Details

National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection

  • Anne Levy interviewed by Peter Donovan in the Don Dunstan Foundation oral history project [sound recording], 22 November 2007, ORAL TRC 5913/2; Levy, Anne (1934 - ), Donovan, Peter; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection. Details

National Library of Australia, Pictures Collection

  • Portrait of Hon. Anne Levy, former member of the South Australian Legislative Council, first woman Presiding Officer of an Australian parliament and first Minister for the Status of Women in Australia, 6th August 2005 / Bob Givens, 6 August 2005, PIC Online access #PIC/9853/47; Givens, Bob; National Library of Australia, Pictures Collection. Details

State Library of South Australia

  • Anne Levy and Frances Bedford at the International Women's Day lunch, 2006, B 70659; General Collection; Scott, Jenny; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Mayor, R.A. Allen and Minister, Anne Levy MLC, 1991, B 70705; Port Adelaide Collection; Scott, Jenny; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Women in Politics: A Forum in the Centenary Year of Women's Suffrage [sound recording], 21 September 1994, OH 142/21; J. D. Somerville Oral History Collection; State Library of South Australia. Details

State Records of South Australia

  • GA1109 Hon. Anne Levy, Member of Parliament, 1975 - 1997, Agency Id GA1109; Levy, Anne (1934 - ); State Records of South Australia. Details

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