Title Biography for THORPE, Lidia Alma
Database Biographies
Date 29-07-2022 03:29 AM
Source Parliamentary Library
Current member Yes
State Vic
System Id handbook/allmps/280304

THORPE, Lidia AlmaBiography for THORPE, Lidia Alma

Senator for Victoria

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Northcote at by-election 2017, vice the Hon. F Richardson (deceased). Defeated 2018.

Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of Victoria on 4.9.2020 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice R Di Natale (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Victoria, 2022.

Committee Service

Senate Select: Aboriginal Flag from 4.9.2020 to 13.10.2020.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 6.10.2020; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 6.10.2020.

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 6.10.2020 to 30.11.2021; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 2.2.2021; Human Rights from 10.2.2022.

Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 19.2.2021 to 20.2.2021; Northern Australia from 2.3.2021 to 3.3.2021; Northern Australia from 9.3.2021 to 10.3.2021; Northern Australia from 19.3.2021 to 20.3.2021; Northern Australia from 19.4.2021 to 11.5.2021; Northern Australia from 18.5.2021 to 19.5.2021; Northern Australia from 28.5.2021 to 29.5.2021; Northern Australia from 8.6.2021 to 9.6.2021; Northern Australia from 17.6.2021 to 19.6.2021; Northern Australia from 21.6.2021 to 19.10.2021; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 28.7.2022.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Spokesperson on First Nations, Justice and Sport from 9.9.2020 to 17.6.2022.

Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate from 10.6.2022.

Australian Greens Spokesperson on First Nations, the Republic and Sport from 17.6.2022.

Party Positions

Co-founder of the Australian Greens First Nations Network.


Born 1973, Carlton, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

CertIVIndLead (Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre).

DipCmtyDev (Swinburne University of Technology).

Grad(AICD) (Australian Institute of Company Directors).

GradCertMgt(PubPol) (La Trobe University).

First Nations Consultant for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Chief Treaty Negotiator for the Traditional Owner Land Justice Group (Vic.).

Consultant for the Central Highlands Forest Campaign.

Chairperson of NAIDOC Victoria.

Managing Director of Victorian Aboriginal Events Management from 2010 to 2013.

Manager of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Training Centre, 2010.

Manager at the East Gippsland Shire Council from 2011 to 2013.

Adviser to the Municipal Association (Vic.) from 2013 to 2016.

Managing Director of the Clan Corporation from 2016 to 2017.

Facilitator and Fundraiser for Grandmothers Against Removals from 2018 to 2019.

Indigenous Lead for Amnesty International from 2019 to 2020.

State/Territory Government Service

Elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Northcote at by-election 2017, vice the Hon. F Richardson (deceased). Defeated 2018.


Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, 2008.