I got involved in public life because I passionately believe that whoever you are, wherever you were born, we all deserve to be treated equally and with respect.
My mother has always been a powerful influence in my life. As a single mum, she put herself through university and made a career as a social worker in Aboriginal communities in South Australia. It was through her that I came to understand the transformation power of access to affordable housing, health and education.
I joined the Labor Party as a young man because I knew they shared these progressive values. Further, I knew that Labor was interested in more than rhetoric. Unlike other progressive parties, Labor is committed to actually achieving inter-generational, structural reform that changes lives.
Before entering Parliament, I had the privilege of working for the Transport Workers Union where I campaigned for secure employment, decent wages and acted as an advocate for wronged workers.
I have also had the rewarding experience of working with outstanding, progressive Labor Governments in Victoria and South Australia.
I was elected to Parliament as a Senator for Victoria in 2008. In 2013 I was honoured to be elected as the Member for Batman. I was re-elected by our community to the House of Representatives in 2016. I continue to love living and working in our local area, and representing you in Canberra.
During my time in Parliament I have fought for real action on climate change, increasing Australia’s foreign aid budget, and standing up for the most vulnerable in our society.
I live in Northcote with my wife Liberty Sanger, a Principal of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, and our wonderful son, Ned. In my spare time I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my family, reading about history, and watching some quality sci-fi.