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The not-for-profit sector employs over one million Australians (8% of our workforce) and turns over around $100 billion annually. The future of this sector is critical to both our economic prosperity and the social fabric of our communities. What does each major political party plan to do to address the concerns of this sector? Given tighter budgets, is the not-for-profit sector facing a period of cuts and reductions in government funding? How does each party propose to achieve a real reduction in compliance costs and red tape? How are they going to increase access to the capital needed to improve effectiveness and capacity across the not-for-profit sector?
These are just some of the issue on the table at this very important pre-election forum.
Zed Seselja was born in Woden Valley Hospital in Canberra’s south to Croatian immigrant parents, and he has lived in Canberra his entire life.
He was raised in the Tuggeranong Valley, attending local schools, and saw the city grow up with him. He studied Arts and Law at the Australian National University and then moved into the Commonwealth Public Service, where he rose to become a Senior Lawyer.
Zed is a KeepWatch Ambassador with the Royal Lifesaving Society, an Ambassador for Focus ACT, Healthy Harold Life Education, White Ribbon, Kulture Break and Karinya House and a strong supporter of local charities including St Vincent de Paul.
He entered politics to create a better future for his children and all Canberrans and previously represented Canberrans in the ACT Legislative Assembly for eight years, including as Leader of the Opposition.
Zed has always been firmly focused on listening to the community and providing practical solutions to real problems. He is committed to providing the opportunity for everyone to meet their potential, no matter what their background. He believes that Government and the community have a fundamental duty to look after their most vulnerable citizens.
Zed is excited about the future of Canberra. He is committed to the growth of the city and making the critical decisions today that will ensure the prosperity of tomorrow.
Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fraser in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has previously worked as a lawyer and as a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury. In 2011, Andrew received the ‘Young Economist Award’, a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best Australian economist under 40. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and his books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014) and The Luck of Politics (2015).
Andrew is the father of three sons – Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Hackett. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.
Senator Rachel Siewert is a dynamic member of the Australian Greens parliamentary team, working hard for people at home in WA, and across the country.
Rachel is the Australian Greens Whip and is chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, which has undertaken a number of significant inquiries into issues such as past adoption practices, former child migrants, hearing health and suicide prevention. Rachel is also a member of joint parliamentary committees on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Rachel 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.
Rachel 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.