- 29 October 1947
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
- Barrister, Businesswoman, Feminist, Lawyer, Parliamentarian and Solicitor
Helen Coonan is a former Australian politician, who was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate representing New South Wales from July 1996 to August 2011. On 26 November 2001, she was appointed Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer in the Howard Government. She was re-elected in 2001 and 2007. From 2004-07, she served as Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
Since leaving politics in 2011, Coonan has transitioned into the corporate world, and vouches for the seminal importance of the law, including legal training, legal practise and legal experience as a common thread underpinning her capacity to perform across a diverse professional and public landscape for a very long time.
Please click 'Details' below to read a reflective essay written by Helen Coonan for the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project.