Senator Deborah O’Neill
Senator Deborah O’Neill is a Labor Senator for New South Wales. Deb is also Shadow Assistant Minister for Innovation and Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health and occupies the position of Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee for Corporations and Financial Services.
She first entered federal politics in 2010 when she was elected as the Member for Robertson.
Before entering Federal Parliament, Deb was a high school teacher on the Central Coast for the best part of three decades. She was also a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle where she co-ordinated courses in teacher education.
Deb grew up in Western Sydney before moving to the Central Coast. Her connection to the Central Coast community through education guided her into politics. Here she saw the power of the Parliament, combined with her passion for social justice, in bringing people together to create a more inclusive society free from inequality of opportunity.
She is passionate about ensuring all Australian men and women, regardless of their circumstances, have access to secure work, income and a world-class health and education system.