Clare O’Neil Labor Member for Hotham VIC

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Clare O’Neil is the Labor Member for Hotham VIC. Oz Kiwi first met with Clare in Oct 2015, and shortly afterwards she spoke about rights for New Zealanders in Parliament. Clare has continued to advocate on our behalf since then.


About Clare O’Neil

Name Clare O’Neil

Party Australian Labor Party

Electorate Hotham

City Melbourne VIC

Clare O’Neil represents the electorate of Hotham in Melbourne’s South East.

Clare O'Neil

[Clare O’Neil (ALP) Hotham VIC. (Photo: supplied) 

Clare is a passionate advocate for her community. She holds a double degree from Monash University and has also attended Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar, where she graduated with a Master of Public Policy.

She is a former Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong and was the youngest female mayor in Australian history. Immediately before running for Parliament, she worked in business as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. There she worked with CEOs of Australian companies, helping them solve their most difficult problems.’

In 2010, she spent 9 months living in East Arnhem Land, working on business development with a local Aboriginal community. She has a special interest in economics, Indigenous Australia and — as a mother and a former foster parent — the welfare of Australian children.

Clare O’Neil has been the Member for Hotham since September 2013. In July 2016, Clare was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Justice. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Financial Services in June 2018.


Clare O’Neil a made a powerful speech in the House in October 2015 highlighting the issues for Kiwis living in Australia.

Statement from Clare O’Neil’s speech in Parliament

“Our relationship across the ditch is one of our most important in the world.

In some areas though, Kiwis living in Australia do not have the same rights as Aussies living in New Zealand.

New Zealanders are treated as second class citizens here in Australia, and it’s just not cricket.”

Contact Clare O’Neil

Electorate office 401 Clayton Road, Clayton VIC 3168
Postal address PO Box 5295, Clayton VIC 3168
Phone (03) 9545 6211
Email clare.oneil.mp@aph.gov.au
Facebook ClareforHotham
Instagram clareoneilmp
Twitter ClareONeilMP
Website https://www.clareoneil.com/

Clare O'Neil

Clare O’Neil (second from left) with some of the Oz Kiwi team, Natasha, Joanne and Emma at the Australian Labor Party Conference, December 2018. (Photo: supplied)

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