I am here in this place because I love my country and because I have great hopes and dreams for its future.
SENATOR SARAH HENDERSON
FIRST SPEECH, 16 OCTOBER 2019
Sarah was sworn in as a Liberal Senator for Victoria on 12 September 2019.
She is Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights and is a member of a number of other committees including the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; the Joint Standing Committee on Migration and the Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the National Redress Scheme.
With her electorate office in Geelong and Patron Senator for the Ballarat, Bendigo, Corangamite, Corio, Gorton and Mallee federal electorates, Sarah is the only Liberal Senator for Victoria to be based in regional Victoria.
Prior to entering the Senate, Sarah served as the Member for Corangamite from 2013-2019. During this time, she chaired the House of Representatives Standing Committees on Economics and Social Policy and Legal Affairs before being appointed to the Ministry in August 2018 as Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services.
As the Member for Corangamite, Sarah championed the need for significant infrastructure and job creation investments, securing funding for major road and rail upgrades as well as the Geelong City Deal, a new ABS National Data Centre and dozens of community, health and sporting facilities.
Now, as a Senator for Victoria, Sarah is continuing to focus her work on the needs of regional Victorians including in relation to infrastructure investment, energy costs and water security. Sarah has been a prominent critic of the Victorian Government’s Belt and Road Initiative agreement. Throughout 2020, much of Sarah’s work has concerned the response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the particular challenges faced by Victorians during the so-called second wave, including in relation to human rights issues.
Sarah was born and raised in Geelong and went to school at Sacred Heart College and The Geelong College. She began her career in 1982 as a cadet journalist with Channel 7 Melbourne. Her media work included reporting and presenting for the Nine and Ten Networks before joining ABC-TV where her work included hosting the Victorian edition of the 7.30 Report in 1995. Sarah won numerous awards for her reporting including a Walkley Award in 1996.
In 1998, after obtaining a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University, Sarah joined Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens) as a commercial lawyer. She went on to work for News Corporation in New York as an attorney before establishing her own media consultancy. This led to roles as Network Business Manager Programming with Network Ten and Legal and Business Affairs Manager with National Indigenous TV.
Sarah, who has a 14 year old son Jeremy, is the oldest of three children. Her parents (deceased) remain her greatest inspiration. Her father Michael was a Geelong solicitor and former local mayor and councillor and her mother, Ann, was the State Member for Geelong from 1992-1999, serving as Housing and Aboriginal Affairs Minister in her second term.
Sarah is committed to being a strong, local voice for the people of Victoria.
Please don’t hesitate to contact her if ever she can be of help or if you would like her team to follow up on a request.