Katy Gallagher, Labor Senator-elect for the ACT, has spent over two decades fighting for Canberrans.
Whether it was advocating for people with a disability when she stepped out of university, or when she was advocating for the rights of public servants as a CPSU organiser, or as Chief Minister of the ACT – Katy has made it her life’s work to fight for our territory and the people in it.
When Katy first put her hand up to run in 2001 there were no Labor women in the ACT parliament. We’ve come a long way in the past 17 years now with a majority-women ACT Labor caucus and she's proud to have been part of leading the way.
Because that's what we do here in the ACT. We lead the way. As Chief Minister Katy saw Labor take on big vision ideas like Light Rail, Marriage Equality and 100% renewable energy by 2020. And she didn't shy away from the tough fights that we knew were the right thing to do like portability of entitlements for low paid workers and dealing with the legacy of Mr Fluffy asbestos.
It’s this same approach Katy took into the Senate and the shadow cabinet. But there’s a lot more work to do. And as a part of a Shorten Labor government she'll keep fighting not only for the Canberra we all love, but a more progressive federal Labor as well.