Rachel Carling-Jenkins

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Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins
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Leader of the Australian Conservatives Party in Victoria
In office
26 June 2017 – 3 August 2018
LeaderCory Bernardi
Preceded byOffice established
Leader of the Democratic Labour Party
in Victoria
In office
29 November 2014 – 26 June 2017
LeaderPaul Funnell
Rosemary Lorrimar
Paul McCormack
Rosemary Lorrimar
Preceded byJohn Madigan
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Western Metropolitan Region
In office
29 November 2014 – 24 November 2018
Personal details
Rachel Carling

(1975-09-02) 2 September 1975 (age 43)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyIndependent (2018–)
Other political
Conservatives (2017–2018)
Democratic Labour (until 2017)
Spouse(s)Gary Jenkins
(m. 2005; div. 2016)
Alma materJames Cook University
OccupationWelfare worker
(Department of Health & Human Services)
ProfessionPublic servant

Rachel Carling-Jenkins (née Carling) (born 2 September 1975) is an Australian politician. She was a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 2014 to 2018, representing Western Metropolitan Region for the Democratic Labour Party (2014-2017), Australian Conservatives (2017-2018) and as an independent (2018). She did not recontest her Legislative Council seat at the 2018 election, instead unsuccessfully contesting the Legislative Assembly seat of Werribee.

Career and party affiliations[edit]

Carling-Jenkins has a Ph.D. in Social Science; she has worked as an academic and social worker. Carling-Jenkins is the author of Disability and Social Movements,[1] which was published in November 2014.

She was elected as a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) member in the Western Metropolitan Region of the Victorian Legislative Council at the 2014 state election.[2][3] On 26 June 2017, Carling-Jenkins resigned from the DLP to join Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives.[4][5][6] Carling-Jenkins said of the move, “I think it’s time for minor parties, like-minded parties, to unite because the conservative vote has been fractured."[7] On 3 August 2018 Carling-Jenkins quit the Australian Conservatives after the party announced it will not contest the Victorian election in 2018. [8]

Policy positions[edit]

Jenkins has asked why money is being allocated preferentially to one side of the debate during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.[9][10]

In Carling-Jenkins' inaugural parliamentary speech, she described herself as a social justice campaigner, committed to raising awareness about gender selection abortions, cracking down on the sex industry, and rights and care for the disabled and elderly.[4]

In a speech to the Victorian Legislative Council in September 2017, Carling-Jenkins disclosed that her former husband had been convicted and imprisoned for possession of child pornography, describing her shock at discovering the material on his computer and how she had reported him to the police.[11]

Carling-Jenkins is widely credited with being the force behind the introduction of Jalal's Law, which provides that any unlicensed driver involved in a crash where someone is killed or injured will be presumed to have been driving dangerously. The change follows community lobbying over the death of 13-year-old boy Jalal Yassine-Naja, who was killed after being struck by a four-wheel-drive with an unlicensed driver behind the wheel in March 2017.[12]


  1. ^ Carling-Jenkins, Rachel (2014). Disability and social movements : learning from Australian experiences. ISBN 9781472446336.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "Western Metropolitan Region". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ "Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins". Parliament of Victoria.
  4. ^ a b "Cory Bernardi strikes again, luring another MP to his Australian Conservatives". Smh.com.au. 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  5. ^ "Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives secures Victorian DLP MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins". Abc.net.au. 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  6. ^ "Victorian MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins set to defect to Australian Conservatives party". News.com.au. 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  7. ^ "DLP MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins joins Australian Conservatives". HeraldSun.com.au. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  8. ^ "It's over: Cory Bernardi's only Victorian MP sensationally quits". smh.com.au. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Australian Conservatives say no need for LGBTI community support". OutInPerth. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Conservatives critical of Andrews Government's plebiscite preferential treatment". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Australian politician reveals husband's child porn conviction". 7 September 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  12. ^ Carey, Adam (2018-09-19). "Jalal's skateboard death inspires new law targeting unlicensed drivers". The Age. Retrieved 2018-11-07.

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