Alicia Payne is Labor’s Member for the new seat of Canberra.
Alicia grew up in Canberra and has seen it grow and diversify. She loves our unique and progressive city and is looking forward to raising her baby son here.
Like most Canberrans, she believes we have an obligation to address disadvantage and solve the problems of inequality. She understands the importance of good public education, health care and a strong social safety net to ensuring that all Canberrans have the opportunity to live healthy and fulfilled lives. Also like most Canberrans, Alicia believes that we must do more to protect the environment and wants to see Australia taking the necessary action to protect our planet.
Alicia is an economist and has pursued a career in social policy. She began as a researcher at NATSEM publishing on issues such as poverty and the impact of policy on families. She worked at Treasury, and understands first hand the importance of a properly-resourced public service to a well functioning democracy. Most recently Alicia worked as part of the Federal Labor Opposition team as a senior policy adviser on social policy, fighting the Liberals’ cuts to our social safety net.
Alicia has volunteered in the community sector for many years, with people facing the issues of unemployment, homelessness, addiction and isolation.
Through her work and community involvement, she has seen the real difference Labor Governments and progressive policy can make in people’s lives. Alicia is running because she wants to be a voice for the Canberra community, and for fairness, in our Parliament.