Ms Tammy Solonec


Tammy Solonec is standing as a candidate for the Western Australian seat of Swan (Perth) in the 2016 Australian election – and making history along the way.  If successful she will be the first woman to ever hold the seat of Swan, and one of the first Aboriginal women in the House of Representatives – and the first from Western Australia.

Tammy has a long background of working for human rights and the rights of Indigenous peoples across Australia. She was a Director of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Vice Chairperson of NAIDOC Perth, a member of the National NAIDOC Committee and the WA Aboriginal Lawyers Committee and a social columnist for the National Indigenous Times. Tammy was awarded Young Female Lawyer and Lawyer of the Year (with less than 5 years experience) for WA in 2012. She studied law at the University of WA, and completed her legal qualifications through the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA, where she worked for four years including as Managing Solicitor of the Law and Advocacy Unit. Throughout her career, Tammy has been involved in advocating for Indigenous peoples on local, state, national and international levels, including at the United Nations. As a writer and editor she has had legal articles and social columns published on a variety of topics and throughout the years have spoken at conferences and forums all around the country. Through NAIDOC she has been heavily involved in developing and running an incorporated association, event management, campaigning and media coordination.  DTP participated in DTP’s 19th Annual Regional Human Rights and Peoples Diplomacy Training Program in Timor Leste in 2009, and has since returned to assist DTP’s work as a trainer, donating her time and expertise.