Member of the Executive Committee
Jeannette was a Member (Australian Labor Party) of the House of Representatives in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia from 1983 to 1996, and served in the Keating Labor Government as the Australian Minister for Consumer Affairs from 1992 to 1996.
The first woman elected to the Australian Parliament from a New South Wales seat, and the first from New South Wales to become a Minister, Jeannette has worked on social justice issues for many years through her involvement in housing, environment, anti-nuclear, peace and women's organisations. She was first elected to the Evatt Foundation's Executive in 1996, and elected Secretary in 1999.
Jeannette is also the Chair of the Jessie Street Trust and a Board member of Hoc Mai, the Australia-Vietnam Medical Foundation. She retired as Secretary of the Evatt Foundation in November 2006. Jeannette was made a Life Member of the Evatt Foundation at the AGM of 29 November 2016.