Senate - SA
Skye was elected to the Senate in the 2016 federal election. She wants to deliver results that will make a meaningful difference to South Australians.
Skye was born in Darwin. When she was 9 years old her family moved to Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman where her father worked as an air traffic control instructor. Skye grew up around other expatriate kids as well as local Omani nationals.
Skye lived in Oman from 1994 to 2004 where she completed an International Baccalaureate at the American British Academy. Whilst in the Middle East Skye travelled extensively and experienced many cultures. This sparked her interest in the role governments play in shaping their countries and the lives of their citizens.
Skye moved to Adelaide in 2005 and enrolled at Flinders University where she undertook a double degree in Law and Economics. Whilst studying her two degrees, Skye worked in retail at Myer and volunteered at the Australian Refugee Association in their legal division. Her exposure to the challenges facing families seeking to be reunited provided her with a deep appreciation for the need for fair and sensible migration policies.
In 2008 Skye was chosen to represent Australia and lead a group of international students as a facilitator at the Dubai Women’s College’s ‘Insight Dubai’ conference – an annual leadership conference focused on exploring topics such as cultural diversity, global politics and issues facing women in society and in the workplace.
After graduating from university in 2010 Skye was hired by Nick Xenophon to work with his constituents. In 2013 she started assisting Nick with his Senate Committee work and in 2015 took up the role of Legislation and Policy Adviser. In this role Skye is required to analyse legislation to be debated in the Senate as well as developing Nick’s private Senators bills.