|Member of the Victorian Legislative Council|
25 November 2006
|Constituency||Southern Metropolitan Region|
17 April 1957 |
|Political party||Victorian Greens|
Pennicuik studied Arts at Monash University and later Applied Science, majoring in Physical Education, at the former Footscray Institute of Technology. Afterwards, Pennicuik worked as a fitness instructor.
She then obtained a Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia, afterwards working as a secondary English and physical education teacher.
She then went on to work as an environment officer for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, later obtaining a Masters in Environmental Science from Monash University.
She then worked a coordinator for the Occupational Health and Safety Unit of the ACTU from 1997 to 2004, which conducted research and produced OHS information for unions. She worked on national OHS standards and led campaigns on a range of issues including stress and bullying at work, safer working hours and banning asbestos.
Pennicuik then worked for the Australian Drug Foundation from 2004 to 2006 developing resources on alcohol and work. At the same time, she was party convener of the Greens.
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Pennicuik stood for a ward on Port Phillip City Council in 2004, polling 34% of the votes, but failing to win.
Pennicuik won a seat for the Greens in the Southern Metropolitan Region of the Victorian Legislative Council in the 2006 state election, elected as the fourth member of the region, polling 15.34% of votes, and was amongst the first Greens elected to the Victorian Legislative Council. She was re-elected in 2010.