Julie Watson

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Contact Julie

(08) 8418 6700

grey@alpsa.org.au

Candidate for Grey

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Julie grew up in Port Lincoln, and now lives and works in Port Augusta. She was raised by a single mum for many years – a mum who was a youth worker in Port Lincoln. She taught Julie that all types of people deserve fairness and justice in their lives, and that the best way to make change in the world is to put your own hand up and do something.

Julie worked for several years as a chef in Australia’s seafood capital before taking on the management of the kitchen at Port Lincoln Prison in 2008. Julie now works at the Port Augusta Prison where she is a highly respected team member, as well as an elected worksite delegate and a branch councillor for her union.

Regional health is one of Julie’s major passions. Julie has experienced first-hand the harmful consequences of inadequate healthcare and mental heath services in regional areas, both in her own life and the lives of her loved ones.

When Julie’s mum was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019, she spent most of the last three months of her life in Adelaide getting treatment – hours away from the comfort of her home and her family.

Julie doesn’t want regional South Australians to be forced to make impossible choices between accessing suitable treatment and being near loved ones.

Julie has always stood for the core Labor principle of a fair day’s pay for fair day’s work – as well as the importance of safety and respect in the workplace. Julie is passionate about creating skilled regional employment opportunities so that young people have the option to stay and raise their families in the communities where they grew up.

Julie wants to see the Upper Spencer Gulf lead the way in building Australia’s clean energy future. If elected, she will work to ensure that Grey’s communities receive the long-term benefits of the renewable energy boom. This includes more secure job opportunities, more investment in community-building and infrastructure, and less reliance on fly-in-fly-out workforce – keeping families together.

Julie knows that Labor’s proposed investment in 465,000 free TAFE places will help to kickstart the region in the wake of the pandemic. It will support school leavers, workers wanting to retrain, and unpaid carers – the majority of whom are women – to enter or re-enter the workforce.