Meet the Candidate – Georgia Phillips

10 September 2020

Georgia Phillips is running as a candidate for ACT Labor in Yerrabi (Gunghalin). She’s a former public servant and ministerial advisor. We caught up with Georiga to hear how she’s found the campaign.a photo of georgia phillips at a tram stop in Canberra

What can you tell us about yourself and how you’ve found being on the hustings so far? 

I was born, raised and educated in Adelaide, spending two years in Wellington, New Zealand where I started school.

I studied public health, politics and anthropology at the University of Adelaide before moving to Canberra just over twelve years ago for a job opportunity in Public Service – and I haven’t looked back.

I quickly made Canberra my new home and involved myself in the local hockey club (I’m a proud ANU Hockey Club member). I’m a player, umpire and club administrator, and have represented my Club on ANU Sport and Hockey ACT committees, as well as coached junior girls, women’s and masters teams across the competition.

I’m enjoying engaging with people across the Yerrabi electorate and learning so much from the people who have been here for much of their lives.

What motivated you to run as a candidate for the election? 

I’ve loved seeing Canberra grow, and want to be part of ensuring we listen to our community and respond to their needs. We need to make sure that roads, parks, schools and health services are suitable for our changing community.

I’ve worked as a public servant and Ministerial Advisor, and that has given me the perspective and motivation to put my hand up. I’ve seen how governments can work to support those who need it most, but also celebrate those who are giving back to their local communities.

I have a real passion for making sure women’s voices are heard through decision-making processes, particularly where these decisions impact on women’s lives.

This extends to women’s involvement in sport because I know just how important this is to women at all stages of their life.

What are you hearing from women in your electorate? 

Yerrabi has grown so much over the last few years, and with new suburbs in development, we need to make sure services are responding to the growing community. This includes the recent announcements of new and expanding schools in the area, but also ensuring our municipal services (waste collection, roads, etc) are ready to support us.

For women, recent decisions at the federal level about child care, and support for those working in front line services – including health, education and child care – are front of mind. Appropriate support for these roles, traditionally performed by women, in supporting our community during the current pandemic and beyond is paramount to a cohesive society.

YWCA Canberra’s election platform prioritises three key policy themes; safe, secure and affordable housing, preventing violence against women and valuing early childhood education – how do you believe we can achieve these outcomes in the next Assembly? 

These are all important outcomes to work towards, and the next Assembly needs to be willing to understand the current state of play and how we can improve Canberra for its women.

Being open to conversations with both the YWCA and the broader Canberra community needs to be a priority for all in the Assembly. Members need to listen to people from their community (and the broader Canberra region) to understand the issues and hear the lived experiences of women. This then needs to be translated into tangible actions.

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