Joondalup Times

Aly leads way with award


FEDERAL Labor MP Anne Aly urged people from different background­s to get involved in politics after being recognised for her advocacy against domestic violence and right-wing extremism.

The Cowan MHR received the 2020 McKinnon Prize in emerging political leadership, which recognised politician­s with less than five years in office.

Dr Aly, who began her career in education and multicultu­ral affairs policy for the WA Government and was the first Muslim woman elected to Federal Parliament, is considered a global authority on understand­ing why young people are drawn into violent extremism.

After disclosing her personal experience with domestic violence in 2020, Dr Aly advocated for a national campaign against such violence and for government­sponsored safe housing.

She is a key member of a Parliament­ary grouping for Action to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children. Last year Dr Aly worked to bring forward an inquiry into the rise of rightwing extremism.

“I hope it encourages more people – particular­ly women and those in diverse communitie­s – to understand that public service... is open to anyone,” she said.

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