Canberra is Australia’s best city, and I am proud to have lived here my entire life. I grew up in Weston Creek and am now raising my own family on Canberra’s north side.
I’ve spent the last two decades fighting for Canberrans and helping to grow our city into what it is today.
Whether it was advocating for people with a disability when I finished studying, or when I was advocating for the rights of public servants as a CPSU organiser, or as Chief Minister of the ACT – I’ve made it my life’s work to fight for our territory and the people in it.
When I first put my hand up to run in 2001 there were no Labor women in the ACT parliament. We’ve come a long way in the past 17 years now with a majority-women ACT Labor caucus and I’m proud to have been part of leading the way.
That’s what we do here in the ACT. We lead the way. As Chief Minister I saw Labor take on big vision ideas like light rail, marriage equality and commit to a 100% renewable energy target by 2020. And I didn't shy away from the tough fights that we knew were the right thing to do like portability of entitlements for low paid workers and dealing with the legacy of Mr Fluffy asbestos for hundreds of Canberra families.
It’s this same approach I’ve taken into the Senate and the Shadow Cabinet but there’s a lot more work to do. As a key member in a Shorten Labor government I’ll keep fighting not only for the Canberra I love, but a more progressive federal Labor as well.