Dr Anne Aly was the first Muslim-Australian woman, the first Egyptian-born woman, and the first counterterrorism expert to be elected to federal parliament. Her book Finding My Place is the fascinating and moving story of a Muslim girl growing up in suburban Australia in the seventies. It’s an irresistible story by an irrepressible Australian woman.
Anne Aly (born 29 March 1967) is an Australian politician, political scholar, academic and counter-terrorism expert. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since the 2016 election, representing the electorate of Cowan. She moved here from Egypt at the age of two, and returned to Cairo for university before becoming the first female federal parliamentarian of Muslim faith. Anne was the only Australian to be invited to President Obama’s White House conference on violent extremism in 2015.