- Joanne Ryan, Maiden Speech, 18 November 2013
Joanne was born in Werribee and has lived and worked in the local community throughout her life.
Before entering Parliament, Joanne was a school teacher and Principal helping kids in Melbourne’s west get a better education 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.
She continues this work as the Member for Lalor.
On joining the Parliament she has became the Opposition Whip, Deputy Chair of the Federal Labor Party caucus and also chairs the Social Policy Caucus Committee.