Madonna Jarrett is Labor’s candidate for Brisbane. She was born and raised in Paddington and is a local and working mum. She grew up in a small workers cottage with 7 siblings, and started her career working in hospitals. She moved into the public sector to support the Goss Labor Government and is now a business professional with decades of private sector experience.
She knows that policy choices impact people’s livelihoods. Her family relied on award wages and penalty rates to get food on the table; Medicare for the stitches and plaster casts; and a pension so her grandparents could live in dignity into old age. In the workplace she has advocated for inclusion especially for women and youth, including being a mentor as well as lending her voice to policy forums; all in an effort to build a better future.
While working in America, Madonna saw firsthand how insecure jobs, a broken healthcare and social security system, and obscene university fees destroys peoples’ livelihoods. She sees the Australia Scott Morrison and the Federal LNP wants littered with rampant casualisation, underfunded and inaccessible hospital/disability systems, and skyrocketing university fees.
Like many of us, Madonna sees a better future which is why she will stand-up for secure jobs with a focus on sustainable industries, affordable education and a well-funded services that protect our most vulnerable in hospitals, aged care and the NDIS systems.
After working overseas, Madonna and her husband John returned home to spend more time with their elderly parents. She knows the importance of protecting the dignity of our senior citizens which is why she will fight to fix our broken aged-care system and for secure superannuation.
Madonna knows we need a change in culture in Canberra – not just more of the same from the Morrison LNP government. She wants more leaders in Canberra who care about women; who are prepared to put women at the centre of decision making and move them to the front of the room. She will be a strong voice for change in Canberra.
Madonna attended Rosalie Covent School and Mt St Michael’s in Ashgrove and is a QUT graduate - a local through and through.
She has the experience to know we must expect more than what we get from this LNP Government. She will be on your side for a better future.
A message from Madonna - Standing up for Medicare.
Under the cover of the Victorian COVID-19 outbreak, Scott Morrison and the LNP have snuck out almost 1,000 changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
These changes will radically increase the cost of hundreds of orthopaedic, cardiac and general surgery items.
You will be paying more - if you can afford it - to fix your arthritic hip or to be able to breathe more easily.
Scott Morrison’s plan to cut Medicare rebates mean patients must choose between cancelling life-changing surgeries or be hit with huge bills they were never told about and likely never able to afford.
Labor built Medicare and we will always protect it. To fix the system, we need to win government. Every Australian deserves access to world-class health care.
I will continue to advocate for protecting Medicare and healthcare in Brisbane. If you have any questions or wish to share your story about how these cuts will impact you, please get in touch.