Therese Faulkner - Party President

Therese joined the Progressives in 2017, and ran as a candidate in the 2019 federal election and in the 2020 ACT election. She was elected to the position of President in 2021.

Born in Brisbane (to parents from country NSW), bred in Canberra and central Victoria, spending several years in Perth, and now settled back in Canberra, Therese has had a lifelong passion for politics. Her father Bob was a political cartoonist in the 1970s, and the Faulkner household was one which reaped the benefits of a political shift to greater equality and social justice with the election of Gough Whitlam in 1972.

  Therese had a 30-year public service career, working in human resources and international program management, including at senior executive levels, while juggling the various challenges of raising three children and meeting family and personal commitments.  She continues her career working in international development in the private sector, and is on the Board of the International Development Contractors Community (IDCC).  Working in international development has given Therese great insights into the need for good governance and accountability, strong investment in public goods and services, and the damage wrought by corruption.

While her family of three kids, three grandkids and two step-kids keeps her occupied, Therese and her husband Andrew enjoy music, trivia nights, sport, bushwalking and spending time at the beach.  Arts and sport are particular passions - Therese was previously President of the Canberra International Film Festival, currently sings with the Mixtape Chorus (choir), played competitive soccer for many years (retired at end of 2020), as well as softball, netball and tennis.

Therese takes on the role of President of the Australian Progressives with a vision to reduce inequality, clean up politics, and plan for the next 100 years. She sees her mission for the next three years to increase Australian Progressives influence on politics and public policy through growing our membership, raising our public profile, increasing our resource base (volunteers and funding) and fielding good political candidates in elections. Measures of success include increased votes, increased members, increased volunteers, at least one elected representative, and evidence of a shift away from the slippery slope of political corruption and toward progressive public policy at federal, state and local levels.


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