Candidate for Page
Janelle has made Lismore her home for more than 40 years. She is a passionate and active community advocate.
As an early school leaver, Janelle worked in a variety of jobs across a diversity of workplaces from factory floors and apprenticeships to frontline community services, including coordinating women’s shelters and teaching community college courses.
Janelle quickly realised the value of lifetime learning and went on to pursue her teaching qualifications from Lismore Teachers College before undertaking her law degree from Macquarie University.
Janelle’s legal career has spanned over 30 years, from local solicitor to international human rights activism, and taken her to Timor-Leste, Burma, London and The Hague.
Janelle is a long-standing member of the Labor Party, continuing to defend these values in public service, firstly as a member of the NSW Legislative Council, followed by two terms as the Federal Member for Page.
Janelle's advocacy has always supported her belief that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged should be protected and that democracy should be free and fair for all. As a community advocate, Janelle has continued to champion the Australian values of fairness, integrity, tolerance and understanding.