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Kelly O’Dwyer


Kelly was elected in a by-election in December 2009 at the age of 32 to represent the seat of Higgins, her local electorate, following the retirement of former federal treasurer Peter Costello.

Kelly is currently the chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics which has oversight of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

She is also the chairman of the Coalition’s Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Policy Committee and convenor for the Australia-Americas Parliamentary Network.

Kelly is the founder and chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering, an Ovarian Cancer ambassador, a Dementia champion and patron of the Stonnington City Brass.

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