Amanda Vanstone: Amanda Eloise Vanstone was born on 7 December 1952 in Adelaide.She was a Liberal Senator for South Australia from 1984 to 2007, elected as the youngest member at age 32. In 1996 she was the only woman in John Howard’s cabinet. She held several ministerial portfolios in the Howard Government.Among them the most tumultuous as Minister for Immigration marked by many controversies within the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Cornelia Rau case is one of them .
Amanda Vanstone abolished the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission calling it a corrupt bureaucracy and was never afraid to use strong language or offend interest groups. Over the years, she has been described as “junker guts” in Mark Latham’s book, and as “having the hairiest box ever seen on a woman” by Wayne Swan.
She resigned from politics on 26 April 2007 and in June 2007 she moved to Europe. She is now Australia’s Ambassador to Italy where diplomatic relations between Australia and Pakistan were tested but survived when her dog Gus bit Pakistan’s envoy Tasnim Aslam.