Madeleine grew up locally at her parents’ home in Shoalwater. Like many families in the 1950s, her father was drawn in by the prospect of work at the new BP Kwinana Refinery. Her father worked for 30 years at BP Kwinana until his retirement, and her mother and grandmother ran the popular drapery and women’s fashion store – The Family Traders – in Railway Terrace, Rockingham.
After graduating from Safety Bay Senior High School she moved to Perth to attend university, where her passion for the importance of tertiary education began. Following university Madeleine has continued to work to promote the value of higher education and training to the individual and to the wider community.
In her leadership of the Perth USAsia Centre, she has helped to bring a unique Western Australian perspective to the international discussion on Australia’s role in the emerging Indo-Pacific region.
Madeleine believes in the importance of creating opportunities for people to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Opportunity can be in job security, in education, in vocational training, and in support for small business.
The people of Brand are rightly concerned about local jobs and the increasing rate of youth unemployment in the area. Job losses have placed extraordinary pressure on young families and workers of all ages, and many in our community find themselves struggling to meet the everyday costs of living.
Madeleine will build on the work of Gary Gray and Kim Beazley to increase local job opportunities and enable young people to access further education, and vocational and trades training. She is an advocate for the communities of Brand and works to protect the pensions of the elderly and the vulnerable, and to maintain the integrity of our world-leading Medicare.