Watch Australian Senator Penny Wong and Zahra Bayani’s conversation about how politics need to change as we envision a future of peace.
Penny Wong was elected to the Australian Senate in 2001, with her first term commencing in 2002. She was re-elected in 2007, 2013 and in the double dissolution election of 2016.
After just two years in the Senate, Penny was promoted to the Shadow Ministry. Upon the election of the Labor Government in 2007, Penny was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Water. In Labor’s second term, Penny served as Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In 2013 Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate, the first woman to hold this role. After the change of government she became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
Since 2016, Penny has served as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. Penny lives in Adelaide with her partner and their two daughters.
Zahra Bayani was born in Afghanistan, lived as a refugee in Iran and was re-settled in Adelaide, Australia in January 2017 with no grasp of English. Last year she graduated from year 12 from Thebarton Senior College. She has received several honours such as the Highly recommended student citizenship award 2019, caltex best all rounder award and college distinction award. In January this year she was awarded the prestigious Minister of Education’s Award of Leadership in Languages and Cultures for her leadership and service to the community. She is the current President of Global Peace Rotaract Club of Thebarton Senior College and is now studying Bachelor of Physiotherapy at University of South Australia.