Kate Lundy was an ACT Senator (ALP) for 19 years. In 2012-13, during the Gillard government, she was Sports Minister and held assistant ministerial posts in innovation and technology. Immediately upon leaving politics Lundy took up directorships with a sport technologies network and the NRMA, and was soon appointed to the federal government’s Cyber Security Research Centre board. In addition, from 2016-2018 Lundy was employed by the ACT Government as Defence Industry Advocate. While in this role she became a director of Electro Optic Systems, a Canberra-based weapons systems manufacturer, which exports its products to Saudi Arabia and the UAE (both countries are accused of war crimes in Yemen).
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