01/08/2011 Kate Ellis Announced as the League Patron

The South Australian Women's Football League is pleased to announce that The Honourable Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Employmnet Participation and Childcare, and for the Status of Women has agreed to be the League's Patron for the next three years.

Kate Ellis has held the seat of Adelaide since 2004, when she became the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Austrlain House of Representatives, when she defeated the Liveral Party's Trish Worth to become the Member for Adelaide.

In 2007, Kate was elevated to the Labour Government's frontbench as the Minister for Youth and Sport.  In June 2008, Kate was given extra ministerial responsibilities, becoming the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth; and Minister for Sport.

Following the re-election of the Gillard Labour Government in 2010, Kate became the Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care and the Minister for the Status of Women.

Kate was born in Melbourne and grew up in rural South Australia in the Murrary River town of Mannum where her family owned the local bakery and her mother worked as a teacher in the local primary school.  Kate moved to Adelaide for her secondary school education, attending Daws Road High School.  She began studying international relations at Flinders University where she was General Secretary of the Students Association and an editor of Empire Times, although she did not finish a degree.  A member of the Australian Labour Party, she worked as a research officer for state and federal parliamentarians.  She was a ministerial adviser to South Australian state minister Rory McEwen and then for the former Deputy Premier of South Australia, Kevin Foley.

Kate is active in the community of Adelaide and hosts regular street corner meetings, mobile offices and community events to ensure that she keeps in close contact and takes up the issue of the residents she respects.  She is a vocal advocate of the 'Save the Murray' campaign and her number one priority is being a strong representative for the residents of Adelaide.

Kate is the number one ticket holder for the Adelaide Crows and is also an avid Adelaide Thuderbirds and Glenelg Tigers Fan.


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