Dawn Lawrie

Alline Dawn Lawrie (born 3 November 1938) is an Australian former politician. She was the Independent member for Nightcliff in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly from 1974 to 1983; in the First Assembly, she and fellow independent Ron Withnall were the sole non-Country Liberal Party members.

Early life

Lawrie was born in Melbourne in 1932.[1] She moved to Alice Springs in the 1950s. She then settled in Darwin in 1960, where she worked as a public servant.[2]


Lawrie joined the Northern Territory Parliament, firstly as an Independent Member of the Legislative Council (1971–74) then as the Independent Member for Nightcliff (1974-1983).

After politics, Dawn and her husband established a community newspaper, the Palmerston & Northern Suburbs, which was published form 1983 to 1985. Dawn was appointed as the first Regional Director for the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in 1986. She served as the Administrator of the Cocos Keeling Islands from 1988 - 1990 and was the first NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner. Dawn is also a Justice of the Peace and is a registered Civil Marriage Celebrant.

She is the mother of Delia Lawrie, former leader of the Labor Party and the opposition in the Northern Territory.[3][4]


  1. "Dawn Lawrie". Territory Stories. Northern Territory Library. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. "Lawrie, Alline Dawn". Australian Women's Register. Australian Women's Register. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. Karama, Northern Territory Votes 2012, ABC.
  4. "Ex-NT chief minister takes backbench role". ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Nightcliff
Succeeded by
Stephen Hatton

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