The Governor of Tasmania appointed new Patron

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The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is honoured to announce the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, as Patron of the Foundation.

Her Excellency joins the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's two current Patrons: International Patron, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; and National Patron, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, in assisting the Foundation in its work of keeping children safe from violence.

An internationally recognised expert in the fields of criminal law, criminology and sentencing, Her Excellency has taught, researched and published in these areas for more than 30 years.

Tasmania’s 28th Governor was sworn to Office at Government House on Wednesday 10 December 2014.

Previously Her Excellency was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute. In her career at the University she also held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School. Following her appointment as Governor, she was made a professor emeritus.

More recently, on 26 January 2017 Her Excellency was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to the people of Tasmania through leading contributions to the legal community, to law reform, to higher education as an academic, researcher and publisher and as a supporter of the arts and environmental and social justice initiatives. 

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said the appointment is a significant one for the Foundation. 

“The Port Arthur tragedy had a deep impact on Australians, nowhere more so than on Tasmanians who were first responders and witnesses to the horrific scene. 

“Appointing Her Excellency as Patron ties us to Tasmania, which is so important to the Foundation, given our origins.

From our darkest day in modern history, we want people to know that positives can be born from tragedy: the 1996 Firearms Agreement and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation,” said Ms Podesta.

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