Darch: Ashdale Secondary College told of political journeys at Women in Leadership forum

Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, Cowan MHR Anne Aly, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, North Metropolitan MLC Liz Behjat and Ashdale Secondary College principal Kylie Bottcher.
Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, Cowan MHR Anne Aly, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, North Metropolitan MLC Liz Behjat and Ashdale Secondary College principal Kylie Bottcher.

DARCH students and teachers heard from influential women at a recent forum hosted by Ashdale Secondary College.

The school held a Women in Leadership panel with politicians from the three levels of government on August 9 – Cowan MHR Anne Aly, Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

Facilitator and North Metropolitan MLC Liz Behjat said the audience, which included teachers from cluster primary schools, heard each woman’s story about why they decided to enter public life.

For Dr Aly it was her disillusionment with the lack of political will, particularly in counter-terrorism, that led her to Federal Parliament.

Ms Quirk entered State politics in 2001 after working as legal counsel with the National Crime Authority and seeing inadequacies in law.

Mrs Roberts was motivated to get involved in Local Government when she felt a decision was made that did not have the community’s best interests at heart.

Panel facilitator Liz Behjat with Cowan MHR Anne Aly, Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.