Gai Brodtmann MP, Federal Member for Canberra
Ms Brodtmann is attending Country to Canberra’s 2015 Powerful Women’s Breakfast, where she will discuss leadership with the rural teenage winners of our 2015 essay competition. She also attended our breakfast in 2014.
Gai Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010 and has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors.
Gai ran her own small business for ten years and understands the challenges faced by small business owners. Prior to that, she was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s.
Gai has represented Australia in India and worked on a range of international and national issues, from Indigenous youth development and climate change to defence capability, tax and foreign policy.
As a volunteer director on the Gift of Life and Our Wellness boards, Gai helped to lift the profile of organ donation and raised funds for better health services in Canberra. She is a former director and audit committee member of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and ACTTAB and a former director of the National Press Club.
Gai is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Small Business group. She is patron of the Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior Football Club, the Tuggeranong Netball Association and Arthritis ACT, and an ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia and Welcome to Australia.
Gai graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Monash University.
She has tutored at the University of Canberra and studied North Asian perceptions of Australia’s strengths as a manufacturing nation as the 1989 Royce Fellow.
Gai’s public policy interests include education, small business, defence, foreign affairs, superannuation, financial literacy and effective administration.
In October 2013, she was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.
A long time Canberra resident, Gai enjoys cooking, gardening, architecture, visual arts, dance, walking, reading and spending time with her husband Chris Uhlmann.