Colleen Hartland

MP for Western Suburbs

I am a strong advocate for clean, healthy and liveable Western Suburbs, a place I have called home for 30 years. My portfolios include health, emergency services, ageing, disability, gaming, mental health and veterans.

Colleen Hartland has been the Greens MP for the Western Metropolitan Region since she was elected in 2006. She is a member of the Upper House of the Victorian parliament. She has an extensive and interesting work history, including home care and as a kitchenhand in Parliament during the term of the Cain/Kirner Governments. Colleen Hartland is known as a Western Suburbs activist and rose to prominence as a foundation member of the Hazardous Materials Action group (HAZMAG), particularly around Coode Island during the 1990s.

In 2000 Colleen undertook a Diploma in Community Development at Victoria University TAFE and following completion she worked at the Western Region Health Centre for 5 years. This position was based in an Office of Housing block in Williamstown where she supported 90 older residents to stay in their homes and improve their wellbeing. Colleen was elected as Councillor for Sheok Ward in the Maribyrnong City Council in 2003, and served on the council until 2005.

Since being elected in 2006, Colleen has continued to be a strong advocate for the Western Suburbs community, a place she has called home for 30 years. She holds the portfolios of health, mental health, disability, ageing, gambling and liquor regulation, veterans and emergency services for the Victorian Greens.

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Wards at Footscray Hospital have already closed due to neglect. The hopsital needs urgent redevelopment.

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The Greens have welcomed news that the Victorian Government will introduce a bill to legalise assisted dying.

A parliamentary committee this year recommended a strictly regulated model of assisted dying be legalised for terminally ill people.

The Greens first introduced a bill to legalise assisted dying ten years ago and have worked tirelessly towards a legalised framework ever since.

“It’s great news that the Government will introduce a bill to finally legalise assisted dying,” Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland said.

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Wed, 22/02/2017 - 10:00am

When I come into these debates I feel like I have actually been doing this for about 25 years. I listened to Mr Jennings; I heard all of those debates from 1999 on, because living in Footscray I attended all of those public meetings about whether we should have a supervised injecting room when the street use of heroin was at its absolute worst. We got Health Works, which has made a huge difference to the community, but we never got the supervised injecting room we needed.