Victorian election debrief

Composite photographs of Dr Meredith Martin, Dr Sarah Mansfield MP, Georgie Purcell MP and Gaelle Broad MP. Overlaid is a graphic of a video 'play' button

Newly elected Pathways alums in conversation with Dr Meredith Martin

Pathways to Politics Program for Women alum event, April 2023

In this video recording, three newly elected Victorian MPs and alums of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women reflect on campaigning and their experiences during their first few months in office.

  • Campaigning – what went well, what didn’t, and what do you wish you’d known?
  • Setting up your team
  • Non-partisanship and what it’s actually like being in Parliament
  • Being on social media – resilience, setting boundaries, and the importance of structural change to prevent harassment

The panel, facilitated by Dr Meredith Martin (Director of Pathways to Politics at the University of Melbourne), features:

  • Dr Sarah Mansfield MP, State Member for Western Victoria (The Australian Greens – Victoria)
  • Georgie Purcell MP, State Member for Northern Victoria (Animal Justice Party)
  • Gaelle Broad MP, State Member for Northern Victoria (The Nationals)

A record 19 Pathways to Politics alums from across the political spectrum stood as candidates in the 2022 Victorian election. Six were successful across five political parties, demonstrating the growing impact of the program in advancing female participation in Australian politics.

Watch the video

Related Alums

2020 Alum (Victoria)

Georgie Purcell MP

Georgie Purcell MP was elected as a member of the Victorian Legislative Council representing Northern Victoria in November 2022. She was a mentee in the Pathways Alum Mentoring program in 2022, where she was mentored by Cr Jenna Davey-Burns.

Photo of Sarah Mansfield, long auburn hair, wearing a tral blazer, greenery behind her
2016 Alum (Victoria)

Dr Sarah Mansfield MP

Dr Sarah Mansfield MP was elected as the Greens Member of the Legislative Council for Western Victoria in 2022. She was formerly a GP, and served two terms as Councillor on Greater Geelong City Council after to completing Pathways to Politics in 2017.

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