The Hon Dr Sharman Stone has been the Federal Member for Murray since 1996.
In 2011 Dr Sharman Stone successfully gained bipartisan support for her motion on FAS/FASD in the House of Representatives.
Dr Stone established the National Inquiry into FAS/FASD as a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs. This evolved into the National strategy.
As the chair of the House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs committee she recently tabled a report on the impacts of alcohol on indigenous communities, in particular its FAS/FASD impact.
Dr Stone was instrumental in establishing the bi-partisan parliamentary group - Parliamentarians for the Prevention of FASD and is Co-Chair of the group.
She is currently a member of five parliamentary committees. She is Chair of the Indigenous Affairs Committee and Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-committee.
In the Howard Government Dr Stone held a number of portfolio positions including Minister for Workforce Participation, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration and Parliamentary secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. She has also held Shadow portfolios for Immigration and Citizenship, Early Childhood Education and Childcare and the Status of Women
Dr Stone holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology from Monash University, a Master of Arts in Sociology from La Trobe University, a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Economics and Business from Monash University.
Dr Stone has authored or co-written a number of books, including Aborigines in White Australia: A Documentary History of the Attitudes Affecting Official Policy and the Australian Aborigines 1697-1973 and published journal articles and papers on environmental and rural issues, water law and conservation.