Sharman Stone MP
Dr Sharman Stone has been the Federal Member for Murray since 1996. Sharman has previously been the Shadow Minister for the Status of Women, Early Childhood Education and Childcare, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and before that the Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs. Sharman was the Minister for Workforce Participation in the former Howard Government and was previously the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration. Her first ministerial appointment was as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage from 1998 to 2004.
Before entering Federal Parliament, Sharman was the Manager of International Development at the University of Melbourne.
Sharman holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in anthropology from Monash University, a Master of Arts in sociology from La Trobe University, a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in economics and business from Monash University.
Since entering Federal Parliament, Dr Stone has pursued a wide range of social, regional and indigenous issues.
Sharman has also served on the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (1997 to 2000); the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs (1996 to 1998); the Joint Statutory Public Accounts Committee (1996 to 1998); the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (1997 to 1998), and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (2008).
Sharman is also the Patron of the Goulburn Valley Vietnam Veterans Association, the Shepparton & District National Servicemen’s Association, The Shepparton Relay for Life and the Goulburn Valley branch of the Darwin Defenders Association.
Sharman has authored or co-written a number of books, including Aborigines in White Australia: A Documentary History of the Attitudes Affecting Official Policy and the Australian Aborigines 1697-1973 and published journal articles and papers on environmental and rural issues, water law and conservation.