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Former Australian Senator

Medical doctor

Australian Labor Party

Rosemary Crowley

June 30, 2002

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Full Name
Rosemary Anne Crowley

30 July 1938 (age 77) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (

Alma mater
University of Melbourne

Previous office
Australian Senator (1983–2002)

Political party
Australian Labor Party

University of Melbourne

Rosemary Anne Crowley AO (born 30 July 1938) is a former Labor Senator for South Australia from 1983 to 2002.


Early life and education

Crowley was born in Melbourne and educated at Kilmaire Brigidine Convent . She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1961 with a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery. She then practiced as a doctor for several years at the Clovelly Park Community Health Centre in South Australia. She was a tutor at Flinders University and lectured at the Mothers and Babies Health Association. Crowley was a founding member of the SA Mental Health Tribunal in 1973.

Political career

Crowley joined the Australian Labor Party in 1974 as the president of the Mitcham branch, and later of the Unley branch. She was also a member of the ALP’s Women’s Policy Committee from 1979 to 1983 and the SA Health Platform Committee from 1981 to 1983. Crowley entered the Senate in 1983, the first woman from the Australian Labor Party in South Australia to do so. During her term in the Senate she held two ministerial positions, Minister for Family Services from 24 March 1993 to 11 March 1996 and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women from 24 March to 23 December 1993.

Crowley was passionate about health care and contributed to Medicare reforms, as well as other legislation pertaining to childcare, women and children and sexual discrimination. After conducting an enquiry into Women, Sport and the Media Crowley made progress in improving funding and recognition for women’s sport, which was always less of a priority than men’s sport. This led to the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Cup for Netball and the South Australian Premier’s Cup for Women’s Sport.

Crowley retired from politics at the end of her term in 2002.

Personal life

Crowley resides in Adelaide and has three adult sons. She enjoys theatre and gardening and is the Patron of the Handknitters Guild of South Australia.


At the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Crowley was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia as a Minister in the Commonwealth Government and Senator representing the people of South Australia, and as an advocate for promoting the status of women.


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