Introducing Assembly Member for the South West, Charmaine Clarke – a proud Gunditjmara woman.
In her maiden speech to the Chamber, Aunty Charmaine shared her story as a member of the Stolen Generation who grew up in Ballarat orphanages with her five siblings.
Over the past 32 years, Aunty Charmaine has worked in State and Federal cultural heritage protection, environmental and social policy development, justice, mental health and family violence.
Aunty Charmaine replaces outgoing Assembly Member Sissy Austin who resigned earlier this year. Aunty Charmaine and the Chamber acknowledged the work and contribution of Ms Austin.