Clare Martin

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Clare Majella Martin (born 15 June 1952) is a former Australian politician. She is the current CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).[1] A former journalist, she was elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly in a shock by-election win in 1995. She was appointed Opposition Leader in 1999, and won a surprise victory at the 2001 territory election, becoming the first Australian Labor Party and first female Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. She led the ALP to a record win at the 2005 election, before resigning as Chief Minister on 26 November 2007.

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Early life

Martin was one of ten children.[2] Her parents were strong Catholics and passionate Democratic Labor Party supporters.[3] Her uncle, Kevin Cairns, was a Liberal minister and MP in the McMahon government, but the family was not inclined towards his conservative politics. Martin's ancestry includes the Coughlin family which also had NSW's first female statistician and Australia's famous batsmen Victor Trumper. The family was originally from County Offaly, Ireland until the Cromwell invasion then left County Cork in the 1850s just after the Potato Famine.

After attending Loreto Normanhurst, Martin graduated from the University of Sydney in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in which her major study was Music.[2]

Pre-political career

Having spent time in London and other overseas cities, she began working as a typist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney in 1978. In 1979, she became a trainee reporter.[2] After several years, she began to take an interest in presenting, but was told that she would not be given a position in Sydney unless she had experience elsewhere[citation needed]. In February 1983[2], Martin was then offered a six-month position[citation needed] presenting a morning radio show in Darwin for the ABC Radio station 8DDD.

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