Christine is the Member for Pascoe Vale in the Parliament of Victoria, a position she has held since her first election in 1996. Christine joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in 1983, and in that time she has been an active member on campaign and policy committees and at state conferences.
At present Christine is the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC), and previously chaired the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee. In the first Bracks Government, Christine held several ministerial portfolios, including Community Services, Senior Victorians and Consumer Affairs.
A strong focus of Christine’s political advocacy is justice for all within the community. Her political work aims to foster the dignity of the human person at every stage of life. Christine maintains active links with the local community and assists in advocating for improvement of services in the Pascoe Vale electorate. She maintains a keen involvement in local community organisations, education, and preservation of the local environment.
After graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education, Christine worked in various roles at the Shop Distributive Association as a Research Officer, Organiser, Woman’s Officer and Head of the National Women’s Bureau. From 1981 until 1989 she worked as an emergency teacher and an adult migrant teacher, and finally went on to work as an electorate officer. Her last role before entering State Parliament was as Manager of the Caroline Chisholm Society between 1992 and 1995.
Christine is a member of the Moonee Ponds Creek Association, Friends of Merri Creek, Pascoe Vale RSL (honorary member), Bicycle Victoria, the Moreland Bicycle Users Group and a life member of the Caroline Chisholm Pregnancy and Family Support Service.
Christine has a passion for public policy and believes strongly in lifelong learning, having recently completed a Masters in Bioethics. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bushwalking, cycling and is keenly interested in social issues, ethics & philosophy.
Christine is married to Kevin, and they have four adult children.