In 2016, Anne Aly was the first Australian Muslim woman, the first Egyptian-born woman and the first counter-terrorism expert elected to Federal Parliament. Finding My Place tells her fascinating story, from her home country, to growing up in Lakemba – forging a path between the expectations of her parents’ culture and that of their adopted land – and political ascent. Mark Baker meets Anne to learn more about one of the newest voices in Australian politics.

Anne Aly (Australian)

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Anne Aly was elected as the Labor Federal Member for Cowan in 2016, making her the first Muslim woman to be elected to federal parliament. Anne’s background is as a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She has published more than 50 articles and texts on terrorism and related issues and is the author and editor of five books. Prior to becoming an academic she worked in government policy. Anne’s contributions to national and international security have been recognised internationally. In 2015 she was the only Australian civil society representative to be invited to speak at President Obama’s White House Summit. Anne has also been an expert adviser to the United Nations Security Council and has participated in experts’ meetings. In 2011, Anne was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Financial Review. In 2016 Anne was nominated for the Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal.

Mark Baker (Australian)

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Mark Raphael Baker is the author of two memoirs, Thirty Days: A Journey To the End of Love, on grief, marriage, and the death of his wife, Kerryn, and The Fiftieth Gate: A Journey Through Memory, a best-selling and seminal book on his parents’ experience during the Holocaust which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, Melbourne.