Deb Foskey has a long legacy of environmental activism and advocacy, playing an instrumental role in the formation of several national parks in NSW and Victoria in the 1970s and 1980s.
Born in Terang in western Victoria, Deb later lived in New South Wales and the ACT, where she undertook a PhD in political science and industrial relations at the Australian National University.
In the early 1990s, Deb was involved in the establishment of the ACT Greens, and served as an office bearer of both the ACT Greens and the Australian Greens at various times. She ran for the Senate in the 1998 federal election, and for the Legislative Assembly seat of Molonglo at the 2001 ACT election, both of which were unsuccessful.
Deb won at her second tilt at the ACT’s Assembly in 2004. During her time in office, she advocated strongly on issues like sustainability, democracy and compassion. She retired in 2008, after which she returned to Victoria.
Deb ran in the 2016 and 2019 federal elections, as well as the 2018 Victorian state election, all of which were unsuccessful. She passed away in May 2020 aged 70.