Candidate for Curtin
Melissa has lived in Curtin for 21 years and has raised two sons aged 22 and 26 as a single parent. She has held a number of senior roles in the education and arts sectors.
When Melissa’s children were young she put herself through University to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) while working part-time and contributing to local junior football committees, sausage sizzle fundraisers and school fete stalls.
While working full-time Melissa completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia and has held a number of senior roles in the education and arts sectors, including positions with the Perth International Arts Festival, the University of Western Australia, Community Radio RTRFM 92.1, the Fashion Council WA and the Australian Writers’ Guild.
Melissa is passionate about equality of opportunity and believes that everyone should have access to a quality education. Melissa believes that Labor is best placed to deliver meaningful education reform to benefit every child through needs based school funding and Labor's Your Child. Our Future policy.
With the University of Western Australia located in the electorate of Curtin, Melissa is a committed to ensuring that access to a quality tertiary education is not closed to those of lesser means and will fight to ensure that our young people are not burdened with $100,000 degrees.
Melissa is passionate about addressing pay equality as women currently face a pay gap of 17.4 per cent nationally and 24.7 per cent in Western Australia. Melissa also fights for diversity of representation and supports Labor’s affirmative action model that positively advances opportunities for women in the Party.