Tammy Franks is a Greens member of the South Australian Legislative Council. Elected in March 2010 Tammy joined Greens’ State Parliamentary Leader, Mark Parnell as one of two Greens in the 22 member chamber.
Immediately prior to her election, Tammy worked as a policy officer for the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia – the peak mental community sector health body in the state. She remains passionate about promoting mental health.
Tammy has also worked with non-government human rights agencies including Amnesty International and the YWCA of Adelaide and was appointed as YWCA of Australia NGO delegate to the United Nations Beijing +10 conference on women’s human rights in 2005.
Born in July 1968 in Dubbo and raised largely in seaside suburban Sydney (NSW), Tammy completed her final year of high school at Parafield Gardens in the late 1980s before attending the University of South Australia’s northern suburbs’ then-Salisbury campus where she studied Sociology, Australian Studies and Community Arts.
The closure of that campus in the early 1990s spurred Tammy to take action and began her formal involvement with politics. She held several elected positions including as State President of the National Union of Students. Politics remained an enduring theme, with her subsequent employment as an advisor for then Senator Natasha Stott Despoja and later secondment to the ‘Yes’ campaign for the Australian Republican Movement under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull during the Australian Republic Referendum campaign.
Tammy has been active in the South Australian Greens since 2006, serving two terms as State Convenor and undertaking the task of SA Election Campaign Committee Convenor for the 2007 federal election which saw Sarah Hanson-Young enter the senate as the first South Australian Greens member of federal parliament.
Tammy has two adult children (Pippa and Geordie) and a young daughter (Millicent).
She enjoys contemporary art, live music, karaoke, quiz nights, cooking curries and reading and releasing books ‘into the wild‘!
Tammy has been a member of four Parliamentary committees. She chaired the Select Committee into the Lonsdale-based Desalination Project and was a member of the Access to, and Interaction with, the Justice System for People with Disabilities Select Committee, the Community Safety and Emergency Services in South Australia Select Committee and the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee (ALPSC).