In late 2015, CYT was honoured to welcome ACT Senator and former Chief Minister, Senator Katy Gallagher, as our new Patron.
“[Canberra Youth Theatre] is an organisation whose values and objectives align nicely with mine… It’s out there encouraging young people to get involved with their creative instincts. I’m very pleased and proud to be a part of it… The other perspective I bring on, not only as a politician, is that I’m parent of someone enrolled in the Canberra Youth Theatre programs.”
– Senator Gallagher at the Dead Men’s Wars premiere
About Senator Gallagher
Katy Gallagher is the Australian Labor Party Senator for the Australian Capital Territory and former Chief Minister of the ACT.
Prior to her election to the ACT Legislative Assembly, she worked for five years for the Community and Public Sector Union as an Industrial Organiser for Commonwealth public servants. Her career began in the community sector working for People First ACT, an organisation providing advocacy and support to individuals with an intellectual disability. She has also been a project worker for Woden Community Service working with children with disabilities.
Senator Gallagher has strong connections to Canberra having grown up in the Weston Creek area, attending Duffy Primary School, Melrose High and Stirling College before undertaking a degree at the Australian National University. She currently lives in north Canberra with my partner and three children.
She was elected to the position of leader of the ACT Labor party, unopposed, by colleagues in May 2011 and voted Chief Minister by the Legislative Assembly. She was sworn in on Monday 16 May 2011. She was re-elected by the Legislative Assembly as Chief Minister on Tuesday 6 November 2012.
Previously, she has held roles in the ACT Government including Treasurer, Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Women and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS).
After much consideration, Senator Gallagher decided that she could use the skills gained in her time as Chief Minister to step into the federal arena to stand up for Canberra, defend our city and be a strong local voice for our nation’s capital.
She was fortunate to pre-selected unopposed by the ACT Branch of the Australian Labor Party and on March 25th 2015 sworn in as Senator for the Australian Capital Territory.
On the 1st of November 2015 she was elevated to the Federal Labor frontbench, taking up responsibility as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations.