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Tennis star Ash Barty and former Premier Carmen Lawrence among those honored with Queen’s Birthday Honors

Australia’s first female head of state says the 1990s in Western Australian politics was “an exciting early sign of women’s potential” in public life.

Carmen Lawrence was WA chief from 1990–1993 and led the government with several women in cabinet positions. He also held ministerial positions in the Keating government.

Dr Lawrence said, “When I became Prime Minister of Western Australia … it was a significant achievement for the women collectively.”

Dr Lawrence, a Professor Emeritus and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the WA School of Psychological Sciences, has been recognized as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors list . The People and Parliament of Australia and WA, for Conservation and Arts Administration.

Dr Lawrence said the makeup of the new federal parliament “showed the idea that you could be represented by someone who is not like you”.

“We have a representative democracy which means we need to represent all groups in our society,” she said.

“It’s a matter of justice, first of all, that’s what democracy is about, but it also means that we get a richer view of what Australia is experiencing, and so policy will be better.”

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