AnneAnne holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of New England), a Diploma of Education (Sydney Teachers College), and is a Master of Professional Education and Training (Deakin University).

She retired from paid employment a short time ago and except for a 10-year foray into the sports and fitness industry, as a small business operator she has always worked in education. She was a secondary teacher and vocational education and training (VET) teacher and manager for many years. She also worked as a policy officer in employment and training, education and in corrections.

“I have always been passionate about the role that education and training plays in creating a society where all people can share in the social and wealth benefits and can actively participate in the organisation of their community and government,” she said.

“For 6 years I have been a volunteer and supporter for Yalari, an amazing organisation that provides boarding school scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students from regional and remote areas of Australia.

“Nothing gives me more joy than to see these young people start their first year, excited but also a little scared and daunted at the challenge ahead of them, and then see them six years later completing Year 12 and beginning a career or tertiary education.

“They grab, with both hands, the opportunity to get a great education and fulfil their potential to be strong and powerful advocates for themselves and their people.”

Anne is a member of the ALP. She writes: “When I got a little excited about being involved in covering the marches for No Fibs I momentarily forgot that I am a member of the ALP. It is not the reason why I have been following the March in March progress and committed to becoming involved as I have some very severe reservations about ALP policies particularly in regard to Asylum Seeker policy.  I know the March In March protest is completely non-partisan and it is one of the reasons I think that it is fantastic.”