The Northcote by-election has just become a much more exciting affair, with the
announcement of Laura Chipp’s nomination.
Laura is the youngest daughter of the late Don Chipp, the founder of the Australian
Democrats who famously promised to “keep the bastards honest.”
She will contest the by-election as a candidate endorsed by REASON.
REASON is the future-focused and evidence-based party founded by Victorian Upper
House MP, Fiona Patten. It is pragmatic with strong environmental and humanitarian
platforms as well as having a strong focus on small business.
“I am pleased to announce such a strong, intelligent and approachable woman to
stand as REASON’s first ever endorsed candidate” said Patten. “Without Don Chipp I
would never have entered politics. He was a great mentor to me and it is a fantastic
legacy to be able to kick off a new political movement with Laura.”’
Passionate about justice, Laura Chipp is a lawyer who by the age of 30, was
appointed Program Manager (Principal Lawyer) of Victoria’s Legal Aid Youth Crime
Program, overseeing the statewide program of over 100 lawyers.
Due to her expertise in reducing child-related offending, she was offered a
secondment to Victoria Police, where she is currently based. Her strong collaborative
skills have seen her offered an ongoing senior leadership role at VicPol.
Laura has a Masters of Public and International Law and has previously volunteered
assisting children in Uganda and the Philippines, teaching them legal rights and
providing critical health information. At home, she has dedicated 10 years and many
hours of her own time to assist victims of sexual assault.
“I am thrilled to run as a candidate for the Northcote by-election,” said Laura.
“Amongst other pressing issues I will work towards urgent solutions to crowded public
transport and housing affordability.”
REASON is a new political movement focused on outcomes and not negative
For further information:
Laura Chipp E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Ellis E: email@example.com M:0417 221 913