In history August 2018

Milestones from this month in the history of the Australian Parliament.

Aug 29, 2018

Enid Lyons became the Member for Darwin in the House of Representatives and Dorothy Tangney was chosen to represent Western Australia in the Senate. The Senate remembered these elections with a motion, which quoted Senator Tangney: ‘I ... realise my great honour in being the first woman to be elected to the Senate. But it is not as a woman that I have been elected to this chamber. It is as a citizen of the Commonwealth; and I take my place here with the full privileges and rights of all honourable senators, and, what is still more important, with the full responsibilities which such a high office entails.’