I’m Elizabeth Watson-Brown, your proud Greens Federal MP for Ryan.
I’m also a very proud local. I’ve lived and worked in the suburbs of Ryan for most of my life, as have my husband, sons, grandchildren, and extended family.
Before I came to politics I had a long professional career in architecture and urban design. I ran my own successful practice in St Lucia and Auchenflower for 21 years before becoming Design Director of a leading national firm for nearly 10 years before entering semi-retirement. My awarded design work has focussed on sustainable design of our built environments, urban resilience, accessibility, and social equity. I’m a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and have been a member of independent expert panels advising state and local governments.
My views have been shaped by environmental and social concern and lived experience, from university in the '70s, to practice as a working mother in a male dominated industry.
I joined the Greens from a conviction that, today, The Greens’ policies best address the fundamental challenges we face across the complex ‘ecosystem’ of social, democratic, economic, and environmental issues.
Prior to my own extensive campaign in Ryan, I volunteered with the Greens on a number of earlier campaigns. I have been very privileged to have thousands of conversations with locals on the West Side, developing an even deeper understanding of what concerns the people of Ryan.
I recognise that while like all communities Ryan has challenges, we also have deep resources and knowledge and the potential to contribute to the advancement of Australia as a just and habitable nation and a responsible international actor.
I am deeply honoured to be your MP and will work hard with you for a better future for all of us!