From Julie Collins:
I entered politics because I believe that your postcode or your income bracket should not determine the quality of services available to you or limit your opportunities.
From a young age, I came to realise that too often being poor was a barrier to accessing decent services. I want to make sure that no one is discriminated against and that we all have equal opportunity. Throughout my career I've worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of others and will continue to do so.
Julie was born in Hobart and was educated locally in TAFE, gaining a Certificate IV in Business Administration. She first joined a union at age 14 while working at a local supermarket. Julie reluctantly decided she was unable to continue her education due to financial limitations.
Looking back at her experiences, Julie realises that access to education and information was just as big a barrier to equality as being poor was, and she vows to ensure that all people have access to a quality education.
A passionate, strong voice for health reform, affordable child care, education and creating local jobs, Julie was elected to parliament in 2007. In 2011, Julie was appointed Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Community Services, and the Status of Women. In 2013, she was appointed Minister for Housing and Homelessness.
Julie is married to Ian and is the mother of three children. She lives locally on Hobart’s Eastern Shore.