Kate Ellis is currently the Federal Member for Adelaide. Kate recently stepped down from the Shadow Ministry after announcing that she will not run for the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election, although she continues to represent the people of Adelaide and maintain her role as the Federal Member for Adelaide until then.
On 9 October 2004, Kate made history as the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian House of Representatives, after winning the seat of Adelaide.
When the Labor Government was elected in 2007, Kate became Australia’s youngest ever Federal Minister. Kate held various positions, including Minister for Sport, Minister for the Status of Women and Minister for Employment Participation and Early Childhood. In 2013 Kate became Shadow Minister for Education and later the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Development and Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education.
As Minister for Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Kate introduced the National Quality Framework – quality standards for early childhood education and care services - in recognition of the critical role early education plays in supporting children’s development. As Minister for the Status of Women, Kate released Australia’s first ever National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022).
In 2017 Kate was appointed to the Adelaide Football Club Board and in 2018 she became an Ambassador for the Childhood Cancer Association.
Here's an extract of her first speech, which you can read from the Member's home page:
“I have been accused of being young and idealistic. To this, I plead guilty as charged. My only hope is that one day I will be old and idealistic and be able to look back on my time in this place and think that, through hard work for the people of Adelaide, I managed to make a contribution that went some way towards seeing a long-term vision for our nation become closer to a reality.”