Candidate for Mirrabooka
Ms Lily Chen graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and was admitted to practice in 2002. In addition, she is a Master’s Degree Graduate majoring in the Russian language. Prior to her arrival to Australia in 1995, Ms Lily Chen had worked in Russia for two years and had been a university lecturer in China, tutoring Russian language and literature.
In December 2009, Lily was appointed as an advisory council member to Hon. Robyn McSweeney MLC, Minister for Women’s Interests, for a two year term. During that time, Lily worked closely with various council members to improve the social welfare of all Western Australians, particularly the female community. In February 2012, Lily was reappointed as an advisory council member for a further two years by Hon. Liza Harvey MLA, the Deputy Premier, Minister for Police, Road Safety, Small Business and Women’s Interests.
In addition to her political career, Ms Lily Chen also chaired the Australian Chinese Women’s Federation and currently serves as the President of the Australian Chinese Women’s Council. The Federation and Council dually focus on promoting and improving the financial independence of all Australian Chinese women, as well as encouraging the participation of Australian Chinese women in the social, economic and political arena. Under Lily’s leadership the Australian Chinese Women’s Federation and Council are significantly involved in various local community activities.
In October 2011, Lily was elected to the City of Perth as a Councillor. She hopes that this opportunity will bring a positive influence and example to the Australian Chinese women community. On Council, Lily is tasked with chairing the Marketing, Sponsorship and International Relations Committee amidst other committee responsibilities. Her dedication and diligence have won her the admiration and praise of City of Perth colleagues, and she is proud to serve.
In October 2015, Lily was re-elected to the City of Perth as a Councillor. As a second term Councillor she has accumulated considerable experience about the policy formulating process, and is firmly focused on the benefits provided to the ratepayers and business owners of the Perth community.
Lily’s other interests are in the areas of social welfare and justice, politics as well as networking.