Whether I am at home or in Canberra, fighting for the people of Hotham, who have placed their trust in me, will always come first.

Clare has lived and worked in lots of different places and brings a diverse range of life experiences into Parliament. Clare was first elected to the Australian Parliament, as  the Federal Member for Hotham, in 2013 and was re-elected in 2016. In July 2016, Clare was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Justice.

Clare grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne before studying History and Law at Monash University, in Clayton. While at University, Clare was elected to represent the people of Springvale South on the City of Greater Dandenong Council and, just twelve months later, she became the youngest female mayor in Australian history, at just 23.

After finishing University in Clayton, Clare was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study a Master of Public Policy at Harvard University in the United States. While there, she lived in Boston and New York, where she spent time working in the New York Stock Exchange.

Upon Clare’s return to Australia, she briefly served as an adviser to the Office of the Commonwealth Treasurer before joining global management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where she worked with the CEOs of companies around Australia to develop strategies to solve issues affecting their businesses. During her time at McKinsey, she worked across almost all of Australia’s major industries, including mining, manufacturing, construction, banking and retail.

In 2010, she Clare also spent 9 months living in East Arnhem Land, working on business development with a local Aboriginal community. She has a special interest in economics, Indigenous Australia and -- as a mother and a former foster parent -- the welfare of Australian children.

Clare lives with her partner, Brendan, and their two sons.