Erin Watson-Lynn

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OccupationInternational Relations Commentator

Erin Watson-Lynn is an international relations commentator who regularly appears on the ABC.[1] and Sky News Australia.[2] Erin has appeared on Q&A[3], the Drum[4], Saturday Extra[5], Radio National[6], Politics HQ[7][8], the Front Page[9], the Bolt Report and the Friday Show[10]. Erin's written analysis has appeared in the Australian, the Conversation[11], the Lowy Institute and she is invited globally to speak at conferences and dialogues on current international affairs. Erin has represented Australia at five G20 summits including as Head Delegate to the W20 Saudi Arabia[12]. In 2019 Erin travelled to the Syrian border with Save the Children to meet with refugees in Jordan and Lebanon [13].

Since 2017 Erin is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at Curtin University following a recommendation by Simon Birmingham, which was the subject of a Freedom of Information request[14].

In 2015, Erin won the Australian Government's Policy Hack and Co-founded DICE Kids, appointing Lucy Turnbull as its Patron[15]. Erin was named by Smart Company as one of 9 entrepreneurs to watch in 2016[16] and a finalist in the Women's Agenda Leadership Awards 2016 [17].

Political career

Erin was considered front-runner in the Liberal Party of Australia pre-selection to replace Julie Bishop in the safe seat of Curtin[18][19]. The controversial pre-selection made international media including the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom where she was criticized for her moderate views on asylum seekers and refugees[20][21] [22] It was previously speculated that Erin would run for Senate preselection but she did not nominate[23]


  1. The Drum Friday February 5, 2021-02-06, retrieved 2021-02-06
  2. "Australia is 'overly dependent' on China trade links and should 'look' to Indonesia". Sky News Australia (in undefined). Retrieved 2021-02-06.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  3. "List of Q&A panelists", Wikipedia, 2021-01-07, retrieved 2021-02-06
  4. The Drum Wednesday September 23, 2020-09-23, retrieved 2021-02-06
  5. "Erin Watson-Lynn". ABC Radio National. 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  6. "A Foreign Affair discusses the Great Debates in France, China the US and the Pacific, CCP and another crackdown on dissidents and". ABC Radio National. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  7. Sky News Australia on Facebook Watch, retrieved 2021-02-06
  8. #PoliticsHQ, retrieved 2021-02-06
  9. "Australia is 'overly dependent' on China trade links and should 'look' to Indonesia". Sky News Australia (in undefined). Retrieved 2021-02-06.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  10. #fridayshow, retrieved 2021-02-06
  11. Watson-Lynn, Erin. "India's elections will be the largest in world history". The Conversation. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  12. "Saudi W20 presidency 'extraordinary,' says Australia head". Arab News. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  13. Sky News Australia on Facebook Watch, retrieved 2021-02-06
  14. "Rumour checking - a Freedom of Information request to Minister for Education". Right To Know. 2016-11-20. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  15. "Lucy Turnbull Appointed DICE Kids Patron".
  16. "Nine female entrepreneurs to watch in 2016". SmartCompany. 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  17. "Women's Agenda Leadership Awards 2016" (PDF).
  18. "Can Erin fill Bishop's red stilettos?". The West Australian. 2019-02-21. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  19. "Four Liberal women in preselection race to fill Julie Bishop's shoes | The New Daily Four women lead race to fill Julie Bishop's shoes". The New Daily. 2019-03-10. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  20. Chapman, Alex (2019-03-06). "Liberal tipped to replace Julie Bishop once advocated asylum seekers". Mail Online. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  21. "Bitter factional fight over Curtin leaves candidates draped in controversy". Australian Financial Review. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  22. "Curtin's up revealing Liberal bloodshed". Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  23. Bourke, Latika (2017-07-07). "Not a woman in sight: Leaked nomination papers reveal five male nominees to fill Liberal Senate role". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-02-06.

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