Glenn brings to his role as the Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team a genuine desire to help all Australians and to serve Queensland and the broader Australian community with integrity, purpose, commitment and the drive to make a difference.
Glenn is still an active member of the rugby league fraternity and regularly meets with coaching mentors Wayne Bennett and Tim Sheens to discuss issues and ideas.
Glenn is deeply committed to supporting and promoting the important role of sport and recreational activities in Australia in fostering good health, productive relationships and positive social engagement across the community. Glenn believes that all Australians should have the opportunity to: learn; work; excel; raise a family; access quality health care; live in a safe and caring environment without fear of crime, poverty, discrimination or intimidation; enjoy the great benefits of the Australian way of life; and flourish as members of the Australian community.
Already, Glenn has played a critical role in protecting, managing and advancing the interests of all Australians. Glenn is a fierce advocate for Australia’s shipping and maritime sector, Australian jobs for Australian workers, supporting older Australians to retire with dignity, stopping the sell off of Australia to foreign buyers, supporting Australia’s farming, rural and regional sector and ensuring important services such as Medicare and Australia’s health system is protected and saved from privatisation.
Glenn has also been a lone but active voice in the fight to raise awareness of the human impact of CSG mining and helping those affected by the scourge of on-shore unconventional gas mining.
After many years carving out a successful career at elite level in the sport of rugby league, Glenn entered the political arena in 2013 and has demonstrated his commitment to working hard for Queensland and ensuring that the state has a real and genuine voice.
Annette Lourigan – Lower House Candidate for Longman
Annette Lourigan is currently a funeral director with Simplicity/Value Funerals and has held key leadership roles including Queensland President for the National Council of Women. She has also held various other prominent community sector roles including Chair/President for Queensland Women of Substance and the Loganlea Community Centre Association Inc, Board member with The Sunshine Coast Family Day Care Scheme and Fundraising Manager for the Logan Local Ambulance Committee which was instrumental in raising funds to purchase four defibrillators. In addition, Annette was awarded the QUOTA International Brisbane City Inc 2014 Woman of the Year.
Annette is an inspirational person who has raised her daughter by herself, faced the challenges of breast cancer and shown an extraordinary dedication to the Queensland community. Through her involvement in the funeral industry over the last 20 years, she has seen many families torn apart through the loss of a loved one as a result of drugs, alcohol, violence and other deadly choices.
Her life experience, commitment to the community and genuine compassion for people will ensure the Glenn Lazarus Team and the electorate of Longman is well represented in the Australian Parliament. Annette lives in Longman, is a key member of the community and is looking forward to supporting the people of Longman.
Jannean Dean – Lower House Candidate for Hinkler
Jannean Dean is currently a community advocate across the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast region. Jannean is a highly revered active member of the local community who has contributed significantly in voluntary roles across the region, as well as playing a strong role in being a vocal advocate. Jannean has raised and championed a number of community concerns regarding planning decisions, infrastructure decisions, public service delivery problems and a number of other issues.
Jannean has worked in management and leadership roles most of her life within Government and private sector enterprises as well as running her own business. Jannean has been the Executive Secretary and Fete Coordinator to the Parish Council of Hervey Bay Anglican Church, the Executive Secretary for the Hervey Bay Football Association, assisted in the coordination of the Children’s Ministry and supported families and individuals in crisis.
Jannean is also committed to ongoing learning and is currently studying a Diploma of Counselling. Jannean has lived in the Fraser Coast region for many years, is always willing to help her local community and is looking forward to ensuring Wide Bay has a real and genuine voice in Canberra with the Glenn Lazarus Team.
Justine Christerson – Lower House Candidate for Forde
Justine Christerson joins the Glenn Lazarus Team as the candidate for the Federal seat of Forde.
Justine is one of Australia’s leading community advocates responsible for establishing the Rural Patient Support Program (Support Program) in Queensland. The highly regarded Support Program provides care, support, assistance and advocacy for rural and regional families experiencing emotional and financial hardship as a result of having to travel long distances to receive medical treatment. To date, Justine has assisted thousands of families across Queensland and is now receiving calls from families in other states seeking advocacy and assistance.
Married with three children, Justine and her family are based in Park Ridge. A busy mum, and wife of a FIFO worker, Justine manages and delivers the Support Program to families across the entire state of Queensland with few resources. Her days consist of providing meals, emotional support, transport assistance and helping families to deal with Queensland health system issues.
Justine commenced her community work in 2009, as the P & C President for her children’s school. From there, Justine encountered strong support and began assisting rural communities with disaster recovery and opened a donation centre in the Banana Shire for the flooded community of Theodore.
Also a Red Cross Emergency Services Volunteer, Justine assisted at the Logan recovery centre in 2013 and in 2015 in Rockhampton after cyclone Marcia.
Justine connected with many families during her community work and identified systemic failings across the Queensland health system, in particular in the area of critical health services for rural and regional families who are forced to travel to Brisbane for care due to a lack of appropriate care, facilities and medical services in rural and regional Queensland.
Over the years, Justine has received many awards including:
- Culgoa Resort Flood Hero 2011
- The Premiers Flood Hero Medal
- Runner up The Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year 2015
- And Qld’s local Hero finalist for Australian of the Year 2016.
Justine is standing for the Federal seat of Forde with the Glenn Lazarus Team to provide the people of Forde with real and genuine representation and to fix the state’s failure to provide the people of rural and regional Queensland with high quality, timely, accessible and affordable health care services.
Cathyrn Jackson – Lower House Candidate for Leichhardt
Cathryn Jackson joins the Glenn Lazarus Team as the candidate for the Federal seat of Leichhardt.
Cathryn is a mother of four children and is an Advanced Care Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service and was a previous Officer in Charge of Cairns Ambulance Station. Her 15 year ambulance career started in Brisbane, where she was awarded the 2003 Student Paramedic of The Year. Her career has been focused on a continual progression to roles with increasing levels of strategic organisational and operational influence.
Cathryn has had the privilege to work as a flight paramedic on the EMS rescue helicopter in Townsville. She developed close working relationships with key emergency service stakeholders, successfully competing in road crash rescue competitions, organising joint emergency service training opportunities and was a member of the Special Response Team. Her career progression saw her deliver ambulance education packages and clinical support to rural, remote and indigenous areas.
Following the birth of her second child, Cathryn and her husband moved to Cairns, to be closer to the source of her husband’s income: The Great Barrier Reef. In Cairns, she became further involved in the education of Far Northern Region paramedics. She has been provided the opportunity to work in a variety of roles including Area Director, Regional Operations Supervisor and with the change to the Queensland Ambulance Service Structure she implemented the Cairns and Hinterland Workforce Planning Unit whilst acting in the position of Chief Inspector.
During the last fifteen years employed by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), she has received multiple awards and commendations. She has been the QAS delegate during multi service operations including sporting tourism events such as Cairns Ironman, G20 and was a member of the Cairns’ Local Disaster Management Group. She has developed continuity plans for her areas of responsibility to ensure service delivery when faced with major events.
Following her managerial role during Cyclone Yasi and the succesful evacuation of Cairns Base Hospital and Cairns Private Hospital, she represented the QAS for the welcoming of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Shortly after she was invited for an audience with Her Majesty the Queen of England and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Cathryn has had the opportunity to work in some of the States most remote communities. She has a genuine empathy for our First Australian people and the current issues surrounding social injustice. On her days off Cathryn has initiated educational sessions for young indigenous mothers and pregnant teenagers. She has provided basic first aid instruction and discussed the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She has been a keen advocate for domestic violence victims both within remote and urban communities. She has genuinely enjoyed working with small business, emergency services, the Defence Force and other Government departments to ensure indigenous students have access to informative and practical career expos. Working alongside Former Origin Greats, she has contributed to key discussions on implementing indigenous cadet programs and apprentiship roles into our key community services. Her dedication to providing service to the people of the Far North has been rewarded with a nomination (finalist) for the Cairns International Woman of The Year.
Cathryn’s current role in the QAS sees her working closely alongside the Queensland Police Service, QHealth – Mental Health team and Medical Officers as part of the State Wide Safe Night Strategy. Her role in this team is to ensure the safety and continued care of individuals affected by alcohol and illicit drugs. She provides pre hospital care and advice to some of the Cairns society’s most vulnerable citizens whilst supporting the Queensland Police Service in their duties.
Cathryn is also employed as a part time Clinical Supervisor, with CQ University: Paramedic Science Team, as well as a casual Academic, teaching and assessing future paramedics in the subjects of Mental Health and Environmental Trauma (Scuba Diving and Altitude).
Cathryn learnt to scuba dive in Brisbane, pre ambulance service. Her love of the ocean led to her working on a variety of vessels within both the tourism/hospitality industry and marine transport sectors. With her family she has made Cairns her home and appreciates the opportunity her family has to continue working in the dive industry. The conservation of the reef is vitally important for her family and many of her friends. Whilst being a thing of beauty it is also a major source of income for many Far Northern Families.
As a mother of four children she is focused on ensuring a good education, holistic health care and job security is available for every resident of the Far North.