Member of the Legislative Assembly, ACT
Shane is passionate about Canberra being a sustainable and fair city, with a great public transport system, low carbon emissions and resilience against the climate impacts ahead.
Shane was previously Speaker of the Assembly, and in 2012, became the first ACT Greens Minister and holds the portfolios of Territory and Municipal Services, Corrective Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and Sport and Recreation.
Shane has lived in Canberra for more than twenty years, in Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Belconnen, and currently resides in Braddon. Shane loves what Canberra has to offer, both the increasingly vibrant city life and getting out to enjoy our natural environment. He is a keen triathlete and photographer.
Shane grew up on the South Coast and came to Canberra with his family after securing a scholarship to attend Canberra Grammar School. He studied economics and law at the ANU, and then, after a short stint in the federal public service, followed his passion for the environment working for Greenpeace, both in Canberra and overseas. He campaigned to protect global oceans and headed up Greenpeace’s expedition to Antarctica to protest against Japanese whaling.
In 2008, Shane was elected to the Legislative Assembly as one of four Green MLAs, and became the first Greens Speaker of a parliament anywhere in the world. As the Greens Spokesperson on Climate Change and Environment, and Attorney-General and Emergency Services, he worked to secure the ACT Government’s climate change target and campaigned for equal marriage rights.
Shane was re-elected to the Assembly in 2012 and appointed as the first ACT Greens Minister by the Chief Minister, taking on the portfolios of Territory and Municipal Services, Corrective Services, Housing and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.