My name is Zoe Daniel, and I am the community-backed independent member for Goldstein elected at the federal election on May 21st 2022.
I am a mum, wife, former broadcast journalist, and foreign correspondent. I live in Hampton in Bayside Melbourne with my husband Rowan, our 2 teenagers, Arkie and Pearl, and our golden retriever, Tully.
In nearly 30 years of reporting, I’ve covered natural disasters, conflict, economics and politics, and all manner of news around the world. I’ve seen first-hand the impact of climate change in the Arctic, and I’ve covered floods, typhoons, and bushfires across four continents, including Australia.
I’ve been a rural and regional journalist, a business and finance reporter, and a foreign affairs specialist, interviewing and interacting with prime ministers, treasurers and some of Australia’s top CEOs and small businesspeople.
Before entering parliament I waited, like many, for our governments to develop costed and structured strategies to safeguard our community and economy, to innovate and to embrace the immense business and job opportunities that a renewable climate economy presents.
In the absence of action on workable climate policy to transform our economy and safeguard our future, lack of accountability on the use of taxpayers’ dollars, dwindling integrity among politicians and concerns about corruption and lip service paid to gender equality I decided to step into the room.
Having spent four years in the United States reporting on Donald Trump’s presidency, I know where that leads.
I seek to represent the sensible centre, like many people who live in Goldstein, people who want pragmatic, reasoned decision making and deserve to have their voices heard.
I was elected on the following pillars:
This parliament is critical to the future of our children, our environment, our economy, and our planet now and for generations to come.
I am doing everything I can to make sure Australia takes advantage of its unique opportunities to shift as quickly as possible to clean energy and manufacturing, to lead with integrity, to empower women and girls, all for our future prosperity and safety.
As my son powerfully puts it; “you have a chance to do something for us all Mum”.
We say to our children, ‘be the change you want to see’.
Let’s make our kids proud of us.