Lisa Singh was born in Hobart in 1972. She went to school at St Mary’s College and Elizabeth College and graduated from University of Tasmania with Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. She also holds a Masters of International Relations from Macquarie University. She has lived most of her life in Tasmania and is passionate about protecting Tasmania’s unique way of life and building a strong future for working families. Lisa’s vision is for a society that respects diversity and provides an opportunity for every person to achieve their potential.
Lisa was elected to the Australian Senate representing Tasmania in August 2010 and began her term on July 1st, 2011, following in the political footsteps of her grandfather Ram Jati Singh, who was a member of the Fijian Parliament in the 1960s. She is considered the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament.
In October 2013, the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, appointed Lisa to be the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General. She was promoted to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water on 24 June 2014.
Prior to being elected to the Australian Senate, Lisa served in the Tasmanian Parliament as a Labor Member for Denison from 2006 to March 2010. As a member of the Tasmanian parliament Lisa served on various parliamentary committees and served the people of Denison in the House of Assembly as a strong advocate for housing, public transport, cultural diversity and reform for the Hobart waterfront.
In November 2008, Lisa became a Minister in the State Labor Government and introduced significant reforms in her portfolio areas of Workplace Relations and Corrections and Consumer Protection, as well as assisting the Premier on Climate Change. Lisa reformed workers compensation laws in Tasmania, established a unique whole of government asbestos policy, introduced reforms in the private rental market, introduced vendor disclosure and energy efficiency standards for residential properties, and commenced a ten year reform plan for the Tasmanian corrections system.
Lisa has always been a strong advocate for working people. Before and after her term in the Tasmanian Parliament, Lisa served the Tasmanian community in the union movement, the non-government sector and the public service. She has been President of the United Nations Australia Association–Tasmanian Division, President of YWCA Tasmania, Director of the Tasmanian Working Women’s Centre, Board Member of the Hobart Women’s Health Centre and a Convenor of the Australian Republican Movement. She was Hobart City Council’s ‘Hobart Citizen of the Year’ in 2004 and in 2010 was the founding CEO of the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, a support organisation for asbestos disease sufferers in Tasmania.
Although she concluded her service as the Foundation’s first CEO to serve in the Australian Parliament, her interest in minimising the impact of asbestos-related disease continues in the Senate, where in 2011 she co-founded the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD). In 2013, she was appointed Acting Chair for the UNICEF Parliamentary Group and is also the co-chair of the Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS and blood-borne viruses. Lisa actively serves on a number of Parliamentary Committees, including the Senate Environment and Communications Committee, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and as Deputy Chair of the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement.
Lisa is a passionate supporter of the Australia-India relationship and is developing and strengthening ties between both countries through her role as an Australian Senator. In 2014, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, conferred on Lisa a Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award for her exceptional and meritorious public service as a person of Indian heritage in fostering friendly relations between India and Australia.
Lisa is the mother of two sons and lives in Hobart.