SLOVENIAN NOTABLE POLITICIANS IN AUSTRALIA
The first Slovenian being in the Australian Parliament, the very first Senator in the Australian Parliament , not being of Australian or British descent, was a Slovenian MILIVOJ ( Misha) EMIL LAJOVIC.
He was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. He held the seat until his retirement in 1985.
In 1998 TANYA PLIBERSEK was elected to the House of Representatives for Sydney, New South Wales. She was re-elected in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
In 1992 two Honorary Consuls were appointed by the Republic of Slovenia:
In 2014, an Hon Consul for Victoria became Derry Maddison.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia – appointed two representatives to the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad – two representatives from Australia.
The Slovenian community selected, Peter Mandel OAM JP (Victoria) and Florjan Auser (New South Wales). Both representatives travel to Slovenia every year to the annual Council meeting, curtsey of Republic of Slovenia, presenting written reports and new ideas to the Council. Copies of the reports would be most welcome, since the Slovenian community members, and Slovenian radio stations are eager to know/hear the contents.
In Australia some notable Slovenians became the Mayors of the cities. In Victoria, Geelong, Dr Srečko Kontelj OAM was a Mayor of Geelong in 2001/2002 and the City councillor for 17 years.
In New South Wales Mary (Maricka) Johnston (daughter of Marija and Mirko Ritlop) became a Mayor of the city..
Draga Gelt and Martha Magajna