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Speaker - Correna Haythorpe

Correna Haythorpe is the Federal President of the Australian Education Union

Correna spent 17 years as a teacher in public primary schools, mainly in low-SES areas of northern Adelaide and Port Pirie, in South Australia.

She became active in the SA branch of the Australian Education Union in the 1990s and served as Women’s Officer for the SA branch, focusing on paid maternity leave and better conditions for female teachers, before serving as President from 2008 to 2013.

She led the union through a long-running industrial dispute with the SA Government as well as organising the “I Give a Gonski” and “Stop TAFE Cuts” campaigns. She took on the additional role of Deputy Federal President of the AEU in 2013, working closely with Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos and Federal Secretary Susan Hopgood.