Mrs Jane Prentice has been a member of the Australian House of Representatives since August 2010, representing the seat of Ryan for the Liberal Party in Queensland. She was appointed to the Advisory Council by the House of Representatives, on 24 February, after being nominated by the Coalition party room. Previously Jane served as Brisbane City Councillor for ten years, including 2 years in the role of Chairman for Public and Active Transport and Economic Development. As a local representative she formed and supported many local history groups. She was sworn in as Assistant Minister for Disability Services on 18 February 2016.
'I have a strong interest in history, particularly that of Australia and am delighted to have been appointed to the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council as a representative of the people of Queensland. My great-grandfather Sir George Foster Pearce served in the first Parliament and as Australia's longest serving Defence Minister who made many milestone decisions affecting our country. Sir George also donated all the documentation and information he obtained throughout his lengthy parliamentary career to the National Archives upon his retirement from public office.
I am very proud to hold this position, and delighted that Brisbane hosted the International Council on Archives Conference in August 2012.'