Carmel has been the representative for Marrickville since 2005. She was elected to the NSW Upper House in 1998. Carmel is a progressive voice committed to social justice, preserving our environment and supporting education and services for children and young people. In 2010, Carmel voted to introduce ethics classes into schools, fought to protect the River Red Gums and strongly supports equality for same sex couples and their children.
Carmel has the experience to continue tackling the big issues in NSW. As a Minister, she regarded as amongst her most important achievements delivering an additional $1 billion for child protection and providing substantial new funding for disability services. Carmel introduced school curriculum reforms to improve literacy and numeracy and reduce class sizes. In the Keneally Labor Government, Carmel was the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health.
Carmel will continue to fight for quality education in our State as the Shadow Minister of Education and Training.
Before entering Parliament, Carmel was a Marrickville Councillor and Deputy Mayor. She is an effective local member who has won the extension of light rail to Dulwich Hill and secured increased funding for local community groups. She has delivered upgrades to RPA Hospital and provided new facilities to local schools.
Carmel has lived in Newtown, Stanmore and Marrickville. She currently lives in Marrickville with her husband and her son who attends local public school.