Since 2019, I’ve had the great pleasure of representing the people of Corangamite as the local Federal Member.
Having lived on the Surf Coast for almost 30 years, I’ve seen first-hand the effects of climate change, and the consequences of inaction – it’s why I’m a passionate supporter of investment in clean energy and a bold renewable energy target.
I grew up in Beaumaris in Melbourne in the seventies. It was a time of progressive ideas and debates about nuclear arms, abortion and the Vietnam War, issues my parents discussed with us around the dining table.
Dad was a senior public servant with the former Broadcasting Control Board. At heart, he was a country boy with a big heart. Dad instilled in me a strong sense of fairness and a love of people.
My mum was a nurse. She trained at the Royal Melbourne and went on to care for children with severe disabilities. Her commitment to care was a great inspiration, and today, it drives me in my role as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
To sum up what I stand for, it is a fair future for our local communities. I entered politics mostly because of my beautiful daughters, Lily and Isobel. I would often think about the future I would wish for them: respectful, sustainable, and inclusive.
Representing the people of our beautiful region is one of the greatest honours of my life – my door is always open, and I would love to hear the views and concerns of people in our community.