Cate has a long history as an activist for women’s rights and the environment. She's been on the front lines with the LGBTIQ+ community in the fight for equality, an unwavering voice for dying with dignity, and has fought for animal welfare.
Cate was previously a member of parliament from 2010-2013, and most recently was Chief of Staff for parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Richard Di Natale.
She has been active in many environmental and social justice organisations, including as Chair of Sea Shepherd Australia, Executive Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, founding director of GetUp! and on the board of the Environmental Defenders Office NSW.
Cate came to The Greens because she shared the party's values of environmental sustainability, social and economic justice, and the desire to work for a society that puts people and planet first – not the vested interests of the big business buddies and dodgy developer donors of the old parties.
Cate's areas of policy interest are the environment and tackling climate change, women’s rights, the right for terminally ill people to die with dignity, mental health, urgently needed drug law reform, and animal welfare.
In her spare time, you’ll find her exploring our beautiful wilderness or enjoying the incredible festivals NSW has to offer. We hope you’ll join Cate in her journey as The Greens take on the regressive, far right parliamentarians that are blocking progress on so many important issues.
Together, we will win.
- Climate Change
- Environment (including Waste)
- Health and Wellbeing
- Mental Health
- Drug Law Reform and Harm Reduction
- Arts, Music, Night-Time Economy and Culture
- Hospitality, Liquor, and Gaming
- Active Transport/Cycling
- Healthy Rivers and Water Sustainability
- Region: Mid-North Coast
- Region: Western NSW