Adelaide, South Australia , Australia
|| November 05, 1968
Sep 11, 2010 07:09pm
Chinese - Pro-Gay Marriage - Lesbian -
|Info||Penny Wong was elected as a Labor Senator for South Australia in November 2001 and began her term in July 2002. Penny is the first Asian-born woman to enter federal parliament, and she believes that "the fundamental national political challenge of our day is to renew Australia's underlying value of a fair go for everybody." |
In her first two years in the Senate, Penny was active both in the parliament and in the community on critical issues for South Australia including the River Murray and the proposed nuclear waste repository. In addition, her Senate committee work focused on corporate governance, superannuation, workplace relations and the environment. She was the Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.
In October 2004, Penny was appointed Shadow Minister for Employment and Workforce Participation, and Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Responsibility.
Before entering parliament, Penny was a barrister and solicitor in Adelaide and also worked as an adviser to the Carr Government in New South Wales.
Penny moved to Adelaide from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, as an eight year old in 1977. At that time, Asian people and culture were less prominent in the Australian community and it was not always easy for Asians to find acceptance.
In Adelaide she attended Coromandel Valley Primary and won a scholarship to Scotch College. At the end of her secondary schooling, aged 17, she went on a year's study exchange to Brazil.
Penny returned to study Law and Arts at the University of Adelaide, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence), Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Penny is the host of the Adelaide UNIFEM Breakfast Committee. Each year in March she hosts the successful International Women's Day breakfast which raises much needed funds to assist the work of UNIFEM (Australia), the women's fund at the United Nations. www.unifem.org.au
In December of 2006 Penny was appointed Shadow Minister for Public administration and Accountability as well as remaining Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Responsibility and Shadow Minister for Workforce Participation.
Read a copy of Senator Wong's maiden speech to the Senate on the 21st of August 2002, titled "Reclaiming One Nation", here.
Celebrity Penguin Parade and Charity
In July 2006 Senator Wong took part in the Adventure Challenge for Charity fundraiser for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.
Penny painted a penguin, which joined a star studded parade of other penguins painted by Peter Alexander, Peter Brock, Judith Lucy, David Koch, Indira Naidoo, and many others.
Seeing Eye Dogs Australia is a national organisation and was formed to support people with a visual impairment. Raised and trained to be a guide and a friend, Seeing Eye Dogs go through extensive training and testing before they are qualified and matched with a loving companion. Training one seeing eye dog costs over $25,000, and are provided free of charge to people who are blind or have a visual impairment.
In August 2007 Penny was appointed as the Australian Labor National Campaign Spokesperson for the 2007 Federal Election.