Parliamentary Roles
Parliamentary Whip
An Acting President

Current Committees

Committees Service

Biography

Sue joined the Greens in 1996 after volunteering on the federal election campaign that year. “I joined the Greens because I believe in fairness, compassion and putting people and the environment first. It’s the only party that thinks long term and has practical policies that are essential for a sustainable future. I am constantly angered by the short-sighted decisions taken by our state and federal governments. Their priorities are not right. There’s too much influence from big business and political donations.”

She has been a state councilor since 1997 and was a member of the state executive from 1998 to 2004. Sue was also a member of the state election campaign committee from 1998 to 2004 and was Party Convener from 2004 to 2006.

Sue studied Arts and Applied Science and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Monash University. A former secondary teacher, Sue has also worked in retail and hospitality, as a fitness instructor, and an environment officer for a large national union.

From 1997 to 2004, Sue was Coordinator of the National Occupational Health and Safety Unit for the ACTU. She worked on national OHS standards, produced OHS research and information for unions and led campaigns on a range of issues including stress and bullying at work, safer working hours and banning asbestos. She represented workers at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 1999. Sue also worked for the Australian Drug Foundation from 2004 to 2006 developing resources on alcohol and work.

Sue was born in Prahran and grew up in Newport and moved back to the Southern suburbs of Melbourne in 1989. The Southern Metropolitan Region extends from St Kilda and Kew in the north to Oakleigh and Mentone in the south, and includes the suburbs of Albert Park, Port Melbourne, Prahran, Brighton, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Canterbury, Burwood, Chadstone, and Moorabbin.

Sue was first elected to the Victorian parliament in 2006, joining her colleagues Colleen Hartland and Greg Barber, as the first Greens elected to the Victorian Legislative Council. She was re-elected along with Colleen and Greg in 2010.
 
Portfolio areas
Education, Justice & Industry

Arts
Consumer Affairs
Education & Early Childhood
Employment & Industrial Relations
Industry & State Development
Information Technology
Innovation & Small Business
International Issues
Justice & Anti-corruption
LGBTI
Manufacturing, Export & Trade
Parliamentary Modernisation
Police & Corrections
Ports & Freights
Sport & Recreation
Tourism & Major Events

For more information visit Sue's website page.