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Welcome Lisa and Matthew

 We recently welcomed Lisa  and Matthew to the CPSU team. Read more about them below.

Lisa: CPSU Organising and Campaigning Team
My background is: I’ve recently moved to Tassie from Newcastle, NSW.   My work history has predominantly been in the Community Services/NGO sector in Health Promotion, Advocacy, and Youth Development, and I had one super fun year as a Project Coordinator in a Local Government run Youth Arts and Cultural Centre.  I have also worked as a casual TAFE teacher in Community Services and Youth Work courses, coordinated a women’s space, run a music venue, coordinated a women’s music festival, and was the campaign administrator for an environment org.  

I’m working for a union because: Unions fight for fair, just, and safe work conditions, and for a society that values the rights of working people.  Unions also champion broader social justice issues.  These are my values.  I am really excited to be in a role that supports and develops the capacity of delegates and members to collectively organise for fair wages, better work conditions, and a decent and just society.  

Outside work I: Given I’m only a newbie to Tassie I plan on spending lots of time outside of work exploring Tasmania.   Other interests … probably just the usual – film buff, live music, supporting local arts, markets, soup making, coffee, feminism, bush walking, trying to create the perfect cherry pie, ratbaggy activist stuff.   

One issue I’m really passionate about is: Mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Matthew: CPSU Member Advice and Support Team 
Matthew’s background is: Matthew graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2016 with a combined degree of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. After graduating, Matthew completed the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course and was subsequently admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania as a lawyer. After his admission, Matthew spent time working in areas of criminal and civil law before joining the CPSU as a part of the Membership Advice and Support Team.

He’s working for a union because:  Matthew has always had a keen interest for social justice and equality. During his time at university Matthew was a volunteer with the Hobart Community Legal Service in which he assisted people from a diverse array of backgrounds, including those from socially and economically disadvantaged groups within society. As a member of the Membership and Advice Support team, Matthew is able to utilise his interest for social justice and equality by assisting with any industrial issues faced by our members. 

Outside work: Matthew enjoys socialising with his friends and family.  

One issue Matthew’s really passionate about is:  The legalisation of euthanasia for terminally ill patients in Australia.

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