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Sarah was born and raised in Geelong and went to school at Sacred Heart College and The Geelong College. Sarah began her career in 1982 as a cadet journalist with Channel 7 Melbourne. Her media work included time as host of the Victorian edition of the 7.30 Report, newsreader for Channel 10 Melbourne and reporter for the acclaimed ABC TV program, The Investigators.
She went on to forge a notable career as a journalist and broadcaster, winning numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Walkley and a Golden Quill for her coverage of the Port Arthur massacre.
In 1998, after obtaining a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University, Sarah joined Allens Arthur Robinson (then Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks) as a commercial lawyer where she advised on a wide range of litigation, corporate, regulatory and intellectual property matters.
Her specialist knowledge of the media sector took her to New York where she gained valuable international experience as an attorney with News Corporation. Sarah established her own media consultancy which led to various commercial roles in Australian broadcasting – as Network Business Manager-Programming with Network Ten and as Legal and Business Affairs Manager with National Indigenous TV.
In 2010, Sarah contested the Federal election as the endorsed Liberal candidate for Corangamite. She achieved a primary vote of 45% and a 2PP swing to the Liberals of 0.44% but narrowly lost the seat, making it the country’s most marginal.
In 2013, Sarah was again preselected to contest Corangamite for the Liberal Party and won the seat, gaining a swing of 4.22% to hold Corangamite by 3.94%. As the Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah is working hard as a strong, local voice for every community in Corangamite.
Sarah, the oldest of three children, grew up in a loving and community focused family. Sarah’s father, Michael, was a Geelong solicitor and former Mayor of Newtown and her mother, Ann, was the State Member for Geelong from 1992-1999, serving as Housing and Aboriginal Affairs Minister in the Kennett Government.
Sarah lives in Barwon Heads with her son, Jeremy, and her partner, Simon Ramsay.