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About Rachel Siewert

31 Dec 2011

Senator Rachel Siewert is a dynamic member of the Australian Greens parliamentary team, working hard for people at home in WA, and across the country.

Rachel is the Australian Greens Whip and is chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, which has undertaken a number of significant inquiries into issues such as past adoption practices, former child migrants, hearing health and suicide prevention. Rachel is also a member of joint parliamentary committees on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Rachel is the Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services, ageing, disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, agriculture and rural affairs and the marine environment.

Rachel was first elected as a Senator for Western Australia at the 2004 election and commenced her term in July 2005. She was re-elected during the 2010 election. 

 

 

For the transcript of Rachel's first speech, click here.

Upon entering Parliament, Rachel quickly gained a reputation as an assertive and hardworking Senator on key issues, including opposing the NT Intervention and speaking out against the Howard Government’s welfare to work reforms. In 2009, Rachel was one of the first people to witness the Montara oil spill off WA’s north west coast, and led calls for a full inquiry into the disaster.

As one of 11 Greens MPs in Parliament, Rachel has a strong track record when it comes to debates, committee inquiries, community campaigns and effective negotiations across the chamber. Rachel also continues to have highly productive working relationships with non-government organisations across many sectors throughout Australia, providing a critical link between Parliament and our communities.

Coming from an agricultural science background, prior to entering the Senate, Rachel spent sixteen years as the Coordinator of the Conservation Council of Western Australia and received the Bessie Rischbieth Conservation Award 2003. 

In addition to her work in Perth and Canberra, Rachel regularly visits regional and remote communities to discuss critical social, agricultural and environmental issues.  

Rachel is currently working to protect the rights of all Australians to have a social safety net; to Close the Gap in health and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; to protect our oceans and farmers from the increasing threat of climate change and to ensure we have the disability, aged care and community services Australia will need in the future.