Tammy Lobato

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Tamara Louise "Tammy" Lobato (born 27 June 1971) is an Australian politician for the Labor Party in the state of Victoria. She was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, representing the electoral district of Gembrook. [1] [2]

Lobato grew up in Tecoma, Victoria, and attended Tecoma Primary School, followed by Upwey High School. Later she studied for her diploma of Community Development at the Chisholm Institute in Melbourne, and attained a Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) at Victoria University. Before entering politics, Lobato worked as a bookkeeper, office administrator, and in the retail trade.[1] She has two children, and lives in the Melbourne suburb of Berwick. [3]

Lobato was elected as Member for Gembrook in November 2002.[3] She was re-elected in 2006, winning by just 499 votes,[4] but lost her seat in 2010. Lobato voted against abortion law reform in 2008. She was not targeted by Right to Life organisations, and her support for pro-life positions in parliament was unlikely to have been a factor in her defeat.[5]

She has been a vocal campaigner against the introduction of genetically modified crops. She questioned whether the Victorian Chief Scientist, Sir Gustav Nossal, was independent enough to advise the Government of Victoria on the subject, and has been critical of Victorian Premier John Brumby for approving genetically modified canola plantations in Victoria. [6] Said Lobato:

"I feel that Victoria will be put into a very risky situation. I believe that our agricultural industry will be put at risk. I know for a fact that people do not want to eat genetically modified foods."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parliamentary Handbook: Tammy Lobato". Parliament of Victoria. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  2. ^ "re-member database: Tammy Lobato". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b "ALP people". Victorian Labor. Retrieved 2007-12-04. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Close call for Tammy". Star News Group. 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  5. ^ Lyle Allan (2010). “Margaret Tighe. The most powerful woman in Victoria,” in Tasmanian Times, 30 November. http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/margaret-tighe.-the-most-powerful-woman-in-victoria/
  6. ^ "MP attacks scientist on GM canola Gus Nossal 'saw issue as PR battle'". The Age. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Vic to allow growing of genetically modified crops". The World Today (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Gembrook
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Brad Battin