I grew up in Glen Innes in country NSW. I went to my local high school and then studied industrial relations at university in Sydney. After university I moved to the Riverina to work as an organiser for the AMWU. I am proud to have worked hard for that union for 21 years and proud to have led my union, as NSW Secretary, for 7 years.
In this time I learned how to be a tough, ethical negotiator and how to bring people together to work for better jobs and stronger communities. Most importantly, I learned about courage and commitment from thousands of union delegates I have met and worked with across NSW.
I have also worked on and led political, industrial and social justice campaigns across the union movement. I am known for my strong advocacy for progressive ideas and change. This is underpinned by my commitment to social and economic equality, for all people. You can see this in my union work, in my work in the ALP and also in the broader community. In particular, I have been working to strengthen the ALP’s policy on economic inequality and jobs – this is critical to building stronger governments which act in the interests of Australian people (you can see an example here)
Strong feminist women in my family, community and work have had a critical impact upon my life and commitment to equality and women’s rights.
I live with my partner and our two school-aged children in Sydney.
I am seeking your support to be elected to the Australian Senate to bring a strong progressive voice to the federal Labor caucus and to our national parliament.