Colleen Hartland | Australian Greens

Colleen Hartland

MP for Western Suburbs

I am a strong advocate for clean, healthy 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 Region since she was elected in 2006. She is a member of the Upper House of the Victorian parliament. 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, mental health, disability, ageing, gambling and liquor regulation, veterans and emergency services for the Victorian Greens.

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Colleen Hartland will retire from the Victorian Parliament when parliament resumes at the start of February, after serving 11 years as the Member for the Western Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council.

“It’s been an incredible honour to represent my community in the Victorian Parliament, but it’s a relentless job that causes exhaustion and this does have an impact on your health,” said Ms Hartland.

“I have decided to retire from the parliament before this begins to have a major impact on me. It is time for me to hand over the baton.”

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Wed, 18/10/2017 - 1:30pm

Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) — My question today is for Minister Tierney, and I ask this question on behalf of a good friend of mine, Paul Adams. Victoria University (VU) has targeted Paul Adams, David Garland and Stuart Martin, all local National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) officers, for redundancy. This is happening just before the enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations begin. The behaviour of VU over the last few months in terms of the way they have handled the redundancies has been quite brutal.