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Women in Leadership: Fiona Patten and Rachel Payne MP

Rachel and Jacinta speak to two legends in Victorian politics in the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March – former MP and leader of the Reason Party (formerly known as Sex Party), Fiona Patten, and newly elected MP representing the Legalise Cannabis Party, Rachel Payne.

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About Rachael Payne


Rachel Payne is a member of the Victorian Legislative Council representing the South-Eastern Metropolitan area since November 2022 and a member of Legalise Cannabis Victoria.


About Fiona Patten


Fiona Patten was a member of the Victorian Legislative Council between 2014 and 2022, representing the Northern Metropolitan Region until she lost her seat at the last state election in 2022. She recently received an honourable mentioned by the McKinnon Prize Shortlisting Committee, an independent, non-partisan award that acknowledges outstanding political leadership across the political spectrum.


Rachel and Fiona, who have worked together for a number of years, discuss their experiences as women in leadership positions, in the Parliament of Victoria, and what they hope to see in the future. Click here to visit their site!


"These two AMAZING women (and friends) are fighting for cannabis legalization in Australia. The industry is so fortunate to have them leading this effort." – Dr. Joan Irvine

I am honored to have worked with Fiona in another chapter and for her kind words!


"I have worked with Joan for more years than I care to report! All through that time I have been inspired by her bravery and innovation. Whether it is protecting children online or looking for age verification systems for new markets, she is a force to be reckoned with.


Together we have met business and political leaders in the US and Australia. She never fails to impress. Joan certainly has the gift of the gab and a wonderful ability to persuade others. She doesn't manipulate but is forthright, honest and ethical, just what we need in leaders right now! - Fiona Patten


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