- In her eleven years in Federal Parliament, Senator Stott Despoja AO has made a significant contribution to a wide range of policy debates in her capacity as a spokesperson for the Australian Democrats on Higher Education; Science and Technology; Employment; Employment Services; Training; Youth Affairs; Trade; Consumer Affairs; Privacy; the Republic, and other areas.
- Her portfolios included Foreign Affairs; Attorney-Generals (including Privacy); Science, Research and Higher Education; and the Status of Women (including Work and Family).
- As a Senator, Stott Despoja was an active member of several Parliamentary committees, including the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, the Human Rights sub committee, the Foreign Affairs sub committee, and the Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and External Territories.
- She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019
- The Democrats
- Women in Business
My function finished about 9.30pm last night and by 8am this morning I have already had 3 attendees email me to rave about how much they enjoyed Natasha's frank and open account of her life before during and after politics. I have been lucky enough to get up close and personal with top level speakers from all over the world such as Verne Harnish, Nando Parrado, Po Chung and Richard Branson, not to mention local South Australian talent such as Duncan Chessel, Mike Rann, Isobel Redmond and Neil Craig, and must comment that she is a very impressive woman and could hold her own in virtually any setting. Australian and International Politics is obviously her focus, but she is a very entertaining and engaging all round person also with a rapier wit and playful sense of humour. I would recommend Natasha as a speaker to anyone.
I have never met Natasha before, however after our first phone call, it felt like she was a valued friend. The feedback from guests at the event was unanimous, she was a resounding 'hit'. Her speech was well received as she spoke from her personal experience, with which the audience could relate. She was humerous, and gave freely of herself. She is also SA home grown, so to speak, which was also a drawcard for her appearance.
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