Patrons

rachel-siewart

Rachel Siewert

Rachel is the Deputy CEO of the WA Council of Social Services. She was a Senator for Western Australia from 2005 to 2021, representing the Australian Greens Party.

Rachel was a central figure in the Senate Inquiries into Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants and helped secure the National Apology in 2009. She later played a key role in achieving the 2013 National Apology for people affected by Forced Adoptions.

As a Senator, Rachel campaigned for First Nations Peoples to be recognised in the Australian Constitution, and for a fairer deal for jobseekers, pensioners, single parents, and people with disabilities. She was also a leading member of the Parliamentary Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme.

Throughout her career, Rachel has worked continuously to further the interests of care leavers, and all those who have faced disadvantage and discrimination. She has been a Patron of Tuart Place since July 2015.

 

Dr Robert Isaacs OAM JP PhD

Dr Robert Isaacs is an Aboriginal elder who has devoted a large proportion of his life to improving the lives of indigenous people. He is an ex-resident of St Joseph’s, Castledare and Clontarf. He played a key role in setting up Australia’s first Indigenous school, Clontarf Aboriginal College.

Robert has been Chair of the Australia Day Council WA, Chairman Administrator of the Aboriginal Housing Board and Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister for Housing and Aboriginal Affairs. He has also been involved in a wide array of negotiations relating to land rights, Aboriginal affairs and conflict resolution

In 2002, Robert received an Order of Australia Medal for his work in improving the justice system and helping to assist Aboriginal people achieve home ownership and housing security. In 2015, he was named Western Australian of the Year.

 

Senator Dean Smith

Dean Smith has been a Liberal Senator for Western Australia since May 2012 and has been one of our State’s strongest voices in Canberra.

He advocated relentlessly for the fairer GST deal struck in 2018. Dean also backed WA farming communities by opposing re-regulation attempts. He is the architect of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 that brought marriage equality to Australia while also protecting religious views. Dean was awarded the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership in 2018.

He is currently a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia and various other Committees associated with the management of the Senate.  His Parliamentary obligations have included Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts and Audit, Human Rights and the Implementation of the National Redress Scheme (NRS). He is a strong supporter of survivors of childhood institutional abuse and has never stopped trying to make the NRS the best it can be.