Biographical entry: Kelly, Roslyn Joan (1948 - )

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

25 January 1948
Alternative Names
  • Kelly, Ros


Ros Kelly was a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Canberra from 18 October 1980 to 30 January 1995. She was a minister in the governments of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.


During 1993-1994, Kelly suffered considerable embarrassment as a result of the so-called 'sports rorts affair', when it was revealed that grant funding her department had allocated to sporting bodies was arranged on the basis of a group discussion around a "great big whiteboard" in her office. Under pressure from the opposition parties, she resigned as Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories on 28 February 1994; and quit parliament altogether 11 months later.


1987 - 1989
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
1989 - 1990
Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support
1990 - 1993
Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, (Tourism) and Territories
1993 - 1994
Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories
1993 - 1994
Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

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