Marielle Smith was elected as a Senator for South Australia on 18 May 2019 and was officially sworn into the 46th Parliament on 2 July 2019.
Marielle is passionate about representing South Australians. Throughout her campaign for the Senate she travelled extensively throughout South Australia, and is determined to be a fierce representative for residents from both Adelaide and the regions.
Prior to entering Parliament Marielle was a professional public policy adviser with diverse experience as an international policy adviser for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as an adviser on early childhood education to former Minister Kate Ellis MP and as a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, on gender and global education policy issues.
With extensive experience in public policy, Marielle’s focus and passion is, and has been for her whole career, working to deliver better policies that continue to improve our State and Nation, especially for the generations to come.
Marielle has also served on public and private sector boards, worked as a manager within her family business and volunteered with an NGO in Ghana working to protect children from forced trafficking and labour.
Marielle holds a Masters of Science with Distinction in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and a first class honours degree from the Australian National University.
Marielle lives in Adelaide with her husband, young son and, depending on the week, her three lovely step-children.
As part of the Federal Labor team, Marielle is fighting for what matters to South Australians – local jobs, protecting Medicare, investing in education and building a strong economy that delivers for all.