Senator Rachel Siewart
Rachel Siewart is a member of the Australian Greens Party who was first elected as a Senator for Western Australia at the 2004 election and re-elected during the 2010 election.
Rachel has worked continuously to further the interests of care leavers, and of all those who face disadvantage and discrimination.
She was a central figure in the Senate Inquiries into Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants and helped achieve a National Apology in 2009. She was also a key player in achieving a National Apology for people affected by Forced Adoptions, delivered in Canberra in 2013.
As part of Rachel’s Portfolio on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues she is currently campaigning for First Peoples to be recognised in the Australian Constitution, and is also working hard for a fairer deal for pensioners and retirees through her Portfolio on Family, Ageing, Community & Disability Services
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.
Steve Irons, MP
Steve Irons has been the Member for Swan since 2007 and is FACT’s inaugural patron. He is Federal Parliament’s only former ward of the state and has played an important role in standing up for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.
Steve was involved in the national apology to the Forgotten Australians on 16 November 2009 and the apology to former child migrants on 21 March 2013.