Before entering Parliament, Maree worked in local government in Maryborough and Benalla and as an electorate officer in Bendigo West. She also raised four children and cared for her terminally ill husband, while completing her BA Hons as a mature-aged student.
Maree has a passion for community and delivering better outcomes for regional communities. This is what prompted her to run for Parliament.
The priorities Maree has for her community are improving access to education and facilities, expanding regional health services, and ensuring more jobs for regional residents. She also wants to deliver infrastructure improvements for roads, rail, housing and public facilities, to meet population growth.
Maree's vision for Victoria’s future is that equality is not negotiable. Maree says that vulnerable people and communities must be listened to, and that support must be available to all.
The areas of public policy that she is most passionate about are education, health, mental health, climate change and the environment, jobs, and prevention of family violence. She also believes in pursuing equality for women, LGBTIQ communities, CALD communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people living with disabilities.
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly since August 2022
Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly March 2017 - August 2022
Chair, Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee since March 2023
Member, Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee February 2023 - March 2023
Member, Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee March 2019 - November 2022
Member, Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee March 2017 - October 2018
Member, Family and Community Development Committee April 2015 - October 2018
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