Margaret was elected to represent the Southern Metropolitan Region, an upper house seat in the State Parliament of Victoria, at the state election held in November 2014.
In February 2015, Margaret was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Women’s Health, and Rural and Regional Health. Margaret is currently the Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader and Shadow Assistant Minister for Health.
Margaret was born in Box Hill and grew up in Geelong. After completing VCE at Belmont High School, Margaret completed a BA (Hons) at Monash University. Later she attained a Grad Dip in Labour Relations Law from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts (Communications) from RMIT University, where she won the Fairfax Business Media Prize.
Margaret has worked as an industrial advocate, with particular expertise in defending unfair dismissal claims. From 1998 – 2002 she was a ministerial adviser to the Minister for Women Hon Judi Moylan MP, and the Hon David Kemp MP, Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs.
Returning to the private sector in 2002, Margaret worked in senior communications roles for various employers, including ANZ and the National Australia Bank.
Margaret has written extensively on women and politics. Her first book, Liberal Women, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s History Award in 2004, and was followed by So Many Firsts in 2009. She has been a member of the Victorian working party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography since 2008.
Community involvement has always been important to Margaret. She has served on a number of not-for-profit boards over the last 15 years. Most recently, she was a trustee of the Queen Victoria Women’s Trust, as well as a director and then Chair of the Board of the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Margaret has lived within what are now the boundaries of Southern Metropolitan for more than 20 years. Her home is in Sandringham.