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Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra

Anne Aly In Conversation with Rosie Lewis

Saturday 25 August 2018
11.00AM – 12 NOON
Senate Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman. In her illuminating and entertaining memoir, Anne Aly traces her life from the backstreets of Cairo to the plush leather of the House of Representatives. The first Muslim woman elected to federal parliament, Aly’s wry observation on family, community and political life makes for compelling reading and a fascinating event to attend. In conversation with The Australian’s political reporter Rosie Lewis.

Dr. Anne Aly was born in Alexandria in Egypt in 1967 and migrated to Australia at the age of two. Formerly a professor at Edith Cowan University, Anne is an internationally renowned expert in counterterrorism and counter-radicalisation and was the only Australian to be invited to President Obama's White House conference on violent extremism in 2015. As a single working mother, she worked for years on the minimum wage to send her two boys to school and put food on the table. She is the Founding Chair of a youth-oriented not-for-profit organisation that harnesses youth entrepreneurship and innovation to address global issues at the local level. She is currently a Federal parliamentarian and the member for Cowan.

Rosie Lewis is a federal political reporter with The Australian based in the Canberra press gallery. She began her career at the paper in 2011 as a video producer and has worked across digital and print platforms. She moved to Canberra in June 2014, where she's been chasing politicians ever since.