Senator Rachel Siewert (Senator for Western Australia, Australian Greens Party) joins us for the first of the RegNet Intersections lecture series to discuss how research can translate into policy change. She will speak on how research has informed Greens policy and its influence on legislation and the Senate committee process.
The RegNet Intersections Lecture series was created to help expand collaborations between researchers, politicians, policymakers and practitioners. The series aims to provide a platform to discuss the realities of government, political life, policymaking and policy implementation and how researchers can effectively negotiate these spheres.
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Senator Rachel Siewert is Senator for Western Australia and the Australian Greens Whip. She is also chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, which has undertaken inquiries into issues such as past adoption practices, former child migrants, hearing health and suicide prevention. Senator Siewert is also a member of joint parliamentary committees on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Senator Siewert is the Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services, ageing, disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, agriculture and rural affairs and the marine environment.
Senator Siewert was first elected as a Senator for Western Australia at the 2004 election and commenced her term in July 2005. She was re-elected during the 2010 election. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from the University of Western Australia (UWA).