Lidia Thorpe

Former member of the Legislative Assembly (2017–2018)

Lidia Thorpe is Gunnai/Brabwauloong/Briakaloong/TjabWurrung/Gunditjmara woman and the former member for Northcote in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

Lidia raised three children as a single mum and went on to university to study policy. Prior to entering politics she was the managing director of Clan Corporation, a sustainable housing and renewable energy business catering to remote Aboriginal communities, as well as the chair of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee. She has also been an adviser to Our Watch, Environment Victoria, the Australian Conservation Foundation and more.

In 2017, Lidia was the first Aboriginal woman elected to Victorian parliament. Her portfolios included Aboriginal affairs, mental health, consumer affairs and sport. 

In 2020, Lidia was preselected to fill the Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Richard Di Natale.

Lidia headshot