For the transcript of Rachel's first speech, click here.
Rachel was first elected to the Senate at the 2004 election and commenced her term in July 2005, quickly gaining a reputation as an assertive and hard working member of the Senate.
She is one of ten Australian Greens MPs in the current Parliament and together, they have established a track record of positive, solution-focused negotiations with all parties in Parliament. In addition to her work in Perth and Canberra, Rachel regularly visits the regions and remote communities discuss critical social, health, agricultural and environmental issues.
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. As a Senator she continues to have highly productive working relationship with non-government organisations across many sectors throughout Australia, providing a critical link between Parliament and our communities.
Rachel is currently working to establish of a network of marine sanctuaries around Australia, introduce much needed reforms and improvements to aged care services, increase funding for mental health and preventive health measures nationwide and to improve the opportunities and life expectancy of Indigenous Australians.