I admire Jenny Macklin a great deal and I’m sad to see her leave the house. I’ve worked a great deal in the area Jenny Macklin championed in Government and so have seen first hand how well respected and trusted she was, in particular in the Indigenous area. I photographed her several times and what struck me about her was that she was a listener, and unlike some of her male – and sometimes female – colleagues her ego was never in the room.
This from The Guardian
“The veteran Labor MP has held the Melbourne seat of Jagajaga for 22 years and served on the government or opposition frontbench throughout that time.
“As the longest-serving Labor woman in the House of Representatives, ever, ‘It’s time’, as Gough so famously said, for me to move on,” Macklin said in a statement on Friday.
“It’s also time for the next generation. Although I still want to contribute to policy debates, it’s time for me to step back.”
Macklin said she would not be stepping back from public policy or public life.
“I will continue to do all I can for my local community and to be an advocate for a more equal Australia,” she said.
Macklin, 64, was elected to the north-east Melbourne seat in 1996 and went on to serve as deputy Labor leader to Kim Beazley.
She served as families, community services and Indigenous affairs minister for six years and disability reform minister for two years.
“Every political party in Australia wishes they had a Jenny Macklin,” the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, said on Friday”
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