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2B/209 Foreshore Drive, Geraldton, WA 6530

Biography

Melissa was born and bred in regional WA and understands the strength and diversity that comes from living in a remote, rural or regional town.

Melissa is a girl from Kalgoorlie-the gold mining town in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

She left school at the age of 15 as she didn't think the nuns could teach her anything further. She was wrong, of course, and had to find out the hard way, eventually returning to complete her education, qualifying as a lawyer at the age of 31.

Melissa's legal career includes working for leading Australian law firm Clayton Utz. She also has more than 20 years' experience in the private sector, working in the mining and grain industry in a variety of commercial and legal roles, including iron ore company Crosslands Resources, which is owned by Mitsubishi Corporation.

She was also given the opportunity to work in more regionally focused industries, with a legal and then business development role at the CBH Group.

This experience was very valuable for a girl from the Goldfields. An appreciation and understanding of the farming industry is critical in a seat such as Durack, and, although Melissa is no farmer, this experience taught her much about this important industry, including its passion for community and the challenges of running this type of business.

As the former Director of both the Cancer Council (WA) and BrightSpark Foundation, Melissa has also experienced firsthand the valuable contribution that the not-for-profit sector makes to Australia, especially in supporting cancer and child health research.

As proud parents, Melissa and her partner Brad understand the pressures placed on households. Melissa has been widowed and been a single parent, so she understands and has experienced first-hand the hardships that families can face.

At the Federal Election on 7 September 2013, Melissa was elected as the Member for Durack and upon entering Parliament, she joined the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry, Indigenous Affairs, and Infrastructure and Communications, and the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia, to represent the electorate of Durack on a range of important issues.

On 19 December 2017 Melissa was elevated to her first outer ministerial appointment in the role of Assistant Minister for the Environment.

On 28 August 2018 Melissa was sworn in as Minister for the Environment in the Morrison Government.

From Melissa

More Labor division.

Jan 28

Same old Labor.

Jan 28

In the middle of a global pandemic, Labor is focused on itself.

Jan 28

Lots of kids will be heading back to school this week, and some will be starting for the first time. Wishing them all (and their mums and dads) a happy first day. 2020 was a really tough year for our children with #COVID19 causing lots of interruption and uncertainty. We still face many more challenges this year but here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year. Good luck also to all those students heading into Year 12 and their final year of school. Here’s a throwback photo of me in my Clovelly Public School uniform back when I was aged around 5. I have many fond memories of my time at Clovelly. I remember my teachers so well. Mrs Hitchings in K, Miss Gould in 1st Class and Mrs O’Connor in 2nd class.

Jan 27

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2B/209 Foreshore Drive, Geraldton, WA 6530