Janaline Oh is a Labor Senate candidate for the ACT.
Janaline was born in Singapore, grew up in Melbourne and has spent all her adult life in Canberra. Arriving straight from the University of Cambridge as a graduate trainee in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1990, Janaline has lived experience of Canberra’s growth and diversification. She hopes to show by example that the 25% of Canberrans born overseas have a place in national politics to make Australia a better place for their children.
Janaline shares the deep commitment of most Canberrans to protect our environment from climate change, biodiversity loss, and plastic waste. During her 30-year diplomatic career, she represented Australia in negotiating rules for the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, and a framework to prevent overfishing in the Pacific.
She understands first hand the importance to Australia’s democracy and way of life of a properly-resourced and independent public service.
As a board member of Plastic Oceans Australasia, coordinator of her daughters’ public school uniform shop, champion of Canberra’s community language schools, and other volunteer roles, Janaline understands the power of individuals to make a difference in their communities, and the importance of government policies to protect the marginalised and provide opportunity to all, regardless of colour, creed, gender or income - policies delivered by Labor governments. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that policies which consider the needs of the most vulnerable among us protect the whole community.
Janaline is running to be a voice for Canberra and to make Australia a better place for all Australians.