Natasha Stott Despoja, Party Woman

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From the “let us be up and doing” public art exhibition by Jennie Groom, Illustration by Maya Graham © 2015

Party indeed, for today is Natasha Stott Despoja’s birthday, the 9th of the 9th !

As a fellow member of the double numbers club (I am the 1st of the 1st) I am programmed to remember Natasha’s birthday!

Not shy of parties, Natasha was the party leader for the Australian Democrats from April 2001 to August 2002.  It was during this time I first met and photographed Natasha for an exhibition titled ‘Look at us Now’ for the Centenary of Federation.  A female political party leader in the 100th year of Australia’s Federation – how very apt!  As I was led into Natasha’s office to set up my equipment I noticed that she was on the office phone, sending a text message and having work handed to her all at the same time.  All this business and multitasking with enough room left for a smile at me!

I have since photographed Natasha numerous times socially and for exhibitions and she has always been willing, helpful and friendly.

I have an active interest in politics and I have never heard or read a bad word about Natasha Stott Despoja.  I feel like I have just written a referee letter for a job application, perhaps the job of Prime Minister……aha!

Happy Birthday Natasha!

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