Kids Playing Carnival Game

The family is the most important unit of society, and it creates and fosters the values on which a strong and resilient society is built. As Shadow Minister for Families, Youth & Community Services, I seek to strengthen families so that all family members are supported and equipped with tools to help them reach their full potential.

As an MLA, I have had the opportunity to move several motions intended to protect children and build stronger families. These include calling on the ACT Government to:


During the summer of 2017–18, I sponsored a youth writing competition called Back to Your Roots. I designed it specifically to encourage young people to spend quality time with their family, learn more about their family history and then share their insights in creative ways. Youth of all ages from across the ACT made submissions, and I was touched by all the entries received. 

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Click here to view the winning entries.