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Le Couteur, Caroline (1952 - )

Born
1952
Occupation
Parliamentarian
Website
http://www.legassembly.act.gov.au/members/167.asp

Summary

A member of the ACT Greens, Caroline Le Couteur was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Parliament of the Australian Capital Territory representing the electorate of Molonglo in October 2008 at her second attempt. Her deep concern about climate change and the need for urgent action prompted her to stand again for election to the ACT Assembly, after making her first attempt in 1998. She was defeated at the 2012 election.

Details

Caroline Le Couteur grew up in the Canberra suburb of Yarralumla, attended Telopea Park High School and the Australian National University where she gained a Bachelor's degree in Economics.

In 1973 she moved to Nimbin in northern New South Wales where she became involved in campaigns to save the local rainforest and worked to establish a community preschool and primary school. She has a long history of community involvement in environmental and social issues, including seventeen years on the national council of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

On her return to Canberra in 1984 she worked in the field of Information Technology and renewable energy policy. From 1991 until her election to the ACT Assembly in 2008 she was a director of a company called Australian Ethical Investment.

Sources used to compile this entry: From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra, Australian Women's Archives Project, February 2013, http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/ldkg.

Rosemary Francis

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