Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins is a member for the Western Metropolitan Region in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament.
Not one to shy away from great challenges, Rachel has used her position in the Victorian Parliament to be a champion for some of society’s most vulnerable people. Upon being elected to parliament in the 2014 election, Rachel stated the following in her first speech:
“I am no William Wilberforce, but he inspires me to value conviction over comfort, tenacity over temporary gain and devotion over indifference… Like Wilberforce, I am a non-conformist. I am not a bystander; I refuse to be a bystander. Under my watch there will not be silence... And so I stand here today and for the next four years as a voice for the vulnerable, a voice for the enslaved and a voice for the voiceless.”
Rachel has long been a fierce defender of life. In 2016, she introduced the Infant Viability Bill, the first bill in the Victorian Parliament aimed at winding back the inhumane abortion laws of 2008. Although it did not pass, this bill garnered much needed support for the pro-life movement, including almost 30,000 signatures on a petition tabled in Parliament in support of the bill. Rachel’s work in this space has been vital to the progress of the pro-life movement in Victoria and she has inspired many people to make a stand for the values that they believe in.
Rachel is also committed to combatting the sexual exploitation of women found in practices such as prostitution and sex trafficking. She actively advocates for the Nordic Model and exit programs for women who wish to leave the sex industry. Her decades of experience in the welfare sector have also led her to be a vocal advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, their families, and their carers.
In 2017, Rachel was the first and only MP in the country to move a motion to withdraw the Safe Schools Program from all Victorian schools. She relentlessly fought for the rights of parents to make decisions that they believe are best for their children.
That same year, Rachel also led the charge in the Upper House against the Victorian euthanasia bill introduced by the government. It was a long and arduous campaign and she worked tirelessly with a small group of pro-life MPs to fight for the true meaning of human dignity. While the bill passed, Rachel defended the value of human life until the very end. She is committed to seeing these laws overturned and to ensure that other states do not follow in Victoria’s footsteps down this dangerous path.
More than a social justice warrior, Rachel has made repeated calls on the major parties to provide effective solutions to reduce Victoria’s increasing crime rates. She has also opposed Victoria’s renewable energy targets and actively campaigned for lower energy prices.