Ged Kearney was elected as the Federal Member for Batman (now called Cooper) March 17 2018. Ged is the first woman to hold the seat.
Ged started her working life as a nurse and rose to become Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation. From 2010, Ged served as the elected president of the ACTU – the peak body of Australia’s union movement – where she fought for better conditions for Australian workers.
Ged’s working life – from nurse to President of the ACTU to parliamentarian– has been about taking action, ensuring integrity and fighting for real change.
Ged fights for the rights of others – she campaigned against Howard's Workchoices, for pay equity and social justice, and protecting penalty rates. She is a strong voice for workers’ rights and social justice inside Labor and the Parliament. Ged is a passionate advocate for the environment, asylum seekers, education and universal health care.
Ged was born and raised in Melbourne and lived in Cooper for over 25 years. Ged has four children, two stepchildren and one much loved granddaughter.