Member for Franklin
Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health
Julie was born in Hobart and was educated locally in TAFE, gaining a Certificate IV in Business Administration.
She first joined a union at age 14 while working at a local supermarket. Julie reluctantly decided she was unable to continue her education due to financial limitations.
Looking back at her experiences, Julie realises that access to education and information was just as big a barrier to equality as being poor was, and she vows to ensure that all people have access to a quality education.
"I believe in fairness in education, fairness in the workplace and fairness for all in society. I made the decision to enter politics to fight for those in my community who need support and to ensure that every person has the best chance to achieve whatever they set out to do in their lives."
A passionate, strong voice for health reform, affordable child care, education and creating local jobs, Julie was elected to parliament in 2007. In 2011, Julie was appointed Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Community Services, and the Status of Women. In 2012, she was appointed Minister for Housing and Homelessness.
Julie is married to Ian and is the mother of three young children. Like most working mothers, Julie has taken an active interest in her children's educational and sporting activities and has a first-hand understanding of the difficulties many families face.