Ljiljanna Ravlich

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Ljiljanna Ravlich : biography

9 January 1958 –

Ljiljanna Maria Ravlich (born Ljiljana Ravlić on 9 January 1958 in Split, Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Western Australian politician. She is an Australian Labor Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Council, and was most notable for being the Minister for Education during the debate over the introduction of outcomes-based education. Since finishing in that role in December 2006, she has been the state’s Minister for Government Enterprises; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Youth; and Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.

Early life

Ravlich lived in the small village of Kozica, Yugoslavia until the age of five, when her family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1963. Her family initially lived in Midland, and Ravlich attended Governor Stirling Senior High School. She continued her tertiary education at Curtin University of Technology where she completed a BA (SocSc) majoring in economics and also Graduate Diplomas in Education and Education Administration. From 1980, she worked as a high school teacher in Norseman, Kambalda, Northam and Morawa. Later she moved into education management before starting her own consulting company. She married in 1984, but the marriage lasted only two years.

Political career

Ravlich was elected to the Legislative Council in 1996, becoming the first woman born in a non-English speaking country to enter the Parliament of Western Australia. She is also thought to be the first Croatian-born woman elected to a parliament outside Croatia. When the Gallop Labor government was elected in 2001, she served as a parliamentary secretary until 2005, when she was appointed as Local Government Minister. Shortly afterwards she became the Minister for Education. Charged with the implementation of a controversial outcomes-based education policy, she held a high-profile portfolio and received much media coverage before losing her ministerial position in December 2006.

In March 2007, as a result of a cabinet reshuffle by Premier Alan Carpenter, Ravlich was reinstated into the cabinet.

She lives in Cottesloe, and is the partner of Western Australia’s State Opposition Leader Eric Ripper.