Kathleen is not a typical politician. Politicians are overwhelmingly business executives, lawyers or lobbyists prior to election. Kathleen’s first job was with homeless teenagers. She was Director of the East Timor Human Rights Centre during the bloody independence ballot, put slavery on the national agenda at Project Respect, has taken leadership roles in health and family violence services, and now lectures in social policy at La Trobe University.
She backs this with experience delivering in local government. On Yarra Council (2004-2008), she instituted an innovative mechanism that funded energy-saving initiatives that have helped make Council carbon neutral, introduced a same sex relationship register and drove bike infrastructure expansion. Her formal roles included chairing council’s Finance and Human Services, Bicycle Advisory and Disability Advisory committees and membership of Yarra’s Audit Committee.
If Kathleen is elected, she will be the first woman to represent Richmond, the first out lesbian in the Victorian house of government and the Victorian Greens' first GLBTI state parliamentarian.
She lives with her partner Helena in North Fitzroy.