- Joanne Ryan, Maiden Speech, 18 November 2013
Joanne Ryan was born in Werribee and has lived and worked in the local community throughout her life.
Prior to being elected to the Federal Parliament as the Member for Lalor in 2013, Joanne worked in education as a teacher and principal for 27 years.
Joanne is a passionate advocate for her local community. Between 1996 and 1998, Joanne served as Chair of Werribee Residents against Toxic Dump (WRATD) and successfully led the “No Toxic Dump” campaign.
Joanne is committed to our region and to the Australian Labor Party’s values of opportunity, fairness and responsibility. She has spent her professional and personal life working to improve outcomes for local young people, and she has seen firsthand the power that a quality education has to change and enrich lives.
Joanne continues this work as the Member for Lalor by serving our community's best interests, advocating for our needs and sharing our local story in the Parliament of Australia.