A year later, she was elected by Democrat members across Australia
as Deputy Leader of the Party. Meg led the SA Senate ticket in
1993 and was elected for a six year term. Again following the
1993 and the 1996 elections she was elected Deputy Leader. She
was elected as Parliamentary Leader in December 1997. In October
1998 Meg again led the SA Senate ticket and was re-elected for
a further six year term. In November 1998 Meg was again voted
Parliamentary Leader by the Democrats' members.
Meg began work as a laboratory assistant with ANL in 1966.
She sat for matriculation the same year and gained a scholarship
to Sydney Teachers College, graduating in 1969 with a Diploma
in Physical Education.
Meg began teaching in 1970 and moved to Mt Gambier, in SA's south-east
in 1974. While living there she completed a Bachelor of Education
by correspondence and took 'time out' while her daughters were
Meg moved to Adelaide with her family in 1986 and taught until
1989, when she was endorsed to fill the Senate vacancy. She has
taught in primary and secondary schools in Sydney, the Mount
Gambier area and Adelaide.
Her major subject was physical education but she also taught
maths, science, geography and art. Meg is a keen bushwalker and
has an interest in ornithology. She also enjoys swimming, canoeing
Meg is a former councillor with the Australian Conservation
Foundation. She is a supporter of PLAN and Community Aid Abroad
and a member of Amnesty International. Meg has devoted considerable
time to issues including Australian Made and Product of Australia
labelling schemes and improving Aboriginal health services. Meg
is a committed environmentalist.