Clerk of the Senate JR Odgers studies the United States committee system
Establishment of the Committee of Privileges
Women had been active members of Senate committees since September 1943, when Dorothy Tangney was sworn in the Senate and appointed within a week to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances and the Printing and Library committees.
Marie Breen was the sixth woman elected to the Senate, serving as a Liberal Party senator for Victoria from 1962 to 1968. She served as chair of the Printing Committee until 1968 and also as a member of the Library Committee (1962–68) and the Select Committee on the Metric System of Weights and Measures (1967).
Senator Marie Freda Breen, National Archives of Australia, A1200, L40927