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My First Speech

December 13, 2016

Madam Speaker, it is an honour to rise in this place as a Member for Kurrajong and a Minister in the Barr Labor Government. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we meet on today, the Ngunnawal people, and pay my respects to their elders, past and present. I understand how privileged we are to leave our footprints on their land – our beautiful city, this national meeting place, Canberra. I also wish to recognise the con...

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Still time to help inform the work of the Adoptions Taskforce

November 08, 2016

This week – National Adoption Awareness Week – is also the final week for stakeholders to make a submission in response to the Cross Directorate Domestic Adoptions Taskforce discussion paper. The ACT Government is focused on reducing barriers in domestic adoption and the Taskforce was established with the support of the Canberra Liberals and ACT Greens to make recommendations about the timeliness of the domestic adoption process.

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Stepping up and stepping down

August 13, 2016

Last week, I officially stepped down as President and Event Director for National Capital Horse Trials Association (NCHTA). Two months ago, I handed over my spot on Equestrian Park Management Group, which manages and develops our unique public equestrian park in Yarralumla. For the first time in my adult life, I live in Canberra and am not on a single equestrian committee or board. It's a strange feeling.

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The calls that stick with you

July 08, 2016

Just between you and me, I hate making phone calls. Always have. When I was a teenager and wanted to call a shop to check its opening hours (in the dark ages before the internet), I'd try to get someone else to do it for me. They never did. Since then, I've made thousands of calls, but I still find reasons to procrastinate when it comes to picking up the phone. As a candidate, I'm finally getting over that, because calling is one of the bes...

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When Rachel met Katy

June 20, 2016

In my first post I talked about the many layers to the question "why are you running?". The rest of that blog focused on who I am and some of the things I'd like to deliver for Canberra as an MLA. But there are also the questions: "why me?" and "why now?". And that's where Katy Gallagher comes in. Politicians like Katy, Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek speak eloquently about why it is so important for women to run for political office. For...

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Why are you running?

June 13, 2016

"Why are you running?" It's the question all candidates know they have to answer. But it's not easy, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because you actually need multiple answers: one sentence, 90 seconds (see the "about" section of this website!), and then the detail. Secondly, because the answer is multi-layered. What motivates you? What are your values? What do you want to achieve? Why do you want to do it as an MLA, rather than as a public...

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