Speaker profile: Senator Janet Rice

Senator Janet Rice
Australian Greens Party

Senator Janet Rice has been a passionate environmentalist and activist for more than thirty years, taking her seat as a Greens Senator for Victoria in 2014.

In Parliament, Senator Rice is Chair of the Environment and Communications Committee and a member of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee. She is also the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTIQ Australians, the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group and the Parliamentary Friends of Women’s Australian Rules Football.

A climate scientist by training, Janet began her working life campaigning to protect our forests. She was part of the 1983 Franklin River Blockade, and a leader of the campaign that resulted in the creation of the Errinundra National Park in East Gippsland. Within a decade, she was a founding member of the Greens in Victoria.

Previously as councillor and mayor of the City of Maribyrnong in Melbourne’s west, Janet worked to involve people in Council decision-making and positioned the city as a leader in reducing carbon pollution and taking action against global warming.

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