Despite equal opportunity laws, women still have lower incomes, less job security than men, low representation in decision making positions and suffer sexual harrassment. We will promote equality for women in all areas.
MLC for Western Suburbs
I am a strong advocate for healthy, smart and liveable Western Suburbs, a place I have called home for 30 years. My portfolios include health, emergency services, ageing, disability, gaming, mental health and veterans.
Colleen Hartland has been the Greens MP for the Western Metropolitan since she was elected in 2006. She has an extensive and interesting work history, including home care and as a kitchenhand in Parliament during the term of the Cain/Kirner Governments. Colleen Hartland is known as a Western Suburbs activist and rose to prominence as a foundation member of the Hazardous Materials Action group (HAZMAG), particularly around Coode Island during the 1990s.
In 2000 Colleen undertook a Diploma in Community Development at Victoria University TAFE and following completion she worked at the Western Region Health Centre for 5 years. This position was based in an Office of Housing block in Williamstown where she supported 90 older residents to stay in their homes and improve their wellbeing. Colleen was elected as Councillor for Sheok Ward in the Maribyrnong City Council in 2003, and served on the council until 2005. Since being elected in 2006, Colleen has continued to be a strong advocate for the Western Suburbs community, a place she has called home for 30 years. She holds the portfolios of health, housing, gambling, community services, women, multiculturalism and emergency services for the Victorian Greens.