Andrea Mason

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Andrea Mason (born 1968) is a former Australian political candidate. At the 2004 federal election, she led the Family First Party, standing unsuccessfully as its lead Senate candidate in South Australia.[1][2] She gained notability as the first Aboriginal woman to lead an Australian political party to a federal election. As of March 2015, Mason is the coordinator of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council (NPYWC).


Mason is the daughter of Ben Mason, an Aboriginal Christian pastor involved in the founding of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship, she was born in Subiaco, Western Australia. She grew up in Western Australia before her family moved to Adelaide, South Australia in 1979. After completing her secondary education she was awarded a Netball Scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport and moved to Canberra for two years. On her return to Adelaide, Mason studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aboriginal Affairs and Public Administration. She graduated in 1988, and from 1989 onwards she worked on housing and employment programs with the South Australian Public Service. In 1999, Mason commenced a Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of Adelaide. Graduating in 2002, she began working for Andrew Evans, a member of the South Australian Legislative Council and leader of the South Australian branch of the Family First Party, as a personal assistant.

2004 federal election

On 8 August 2004, Mason became the first-ever Indigenous Australian woman to lead an Australian political party, when the Family First Party chose her as its national leader.[3] She unsuccessfully contested the 2004 Australian Federal Election as the party's South Australian lead Australian Senate candidate.



  1. ^ Reporter: Karen Barlow, Nance Haxton, (broadcast 20 September 2004), Family First Party campaigns on family values, The World Today, ABC Radio National
  2. ^ Reporter :Adam Shand, (broadcast 17 October 2004), Putting the Family First, Sunday, Nine Archived 8 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Sushi Das, (20 October 2004), A mission for the family, The Age, Melbourne, p. 2 Retrieved 17 November 2016
  4. ^ Stephanie Zillman, (17 November 2016), NT Indigenous leader Andrea Mason named Australian Businesswoman of the Year, ABC, Retrieved 17 November 2016

External links

  • 2006 bio previously posted on the Family First Party Website
Preceded by
Party Founded
Leader of the Family First Party
Succeeded by
Steve Fielding
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