Growing Up

Jacinta Allan

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Jacinta was born in 1973 at the Bendigo Hospital and grew up with her brother in Spring Gully.

She attended St Joesph's Quarry Hill Primary School and then Catholic College Bendigo.During her final year at CCB, Jacinta was part of the Year 12 leadership team.

Jacinta went on to study Arts (social science) at LaTrobe University Bendigo and completed her Honours year in 1995. Her thesis considered the Family Leave Test Case and its implication for working families.

During her final year, Jacinta participated in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Internship Program. As an intern, Jacinta was placed with Lindsay Tanner, the Former Member for Melbourne, then a backbencher in the Keating Government. Mr Tanner later became the Minister for Finance in the Labor Government elected in 2007. Mr Tanner resigned his seat in 2010. 

Throughout her final years at school and university Jacinta worked as a check-out operator for Stoneman's (Pall Mall) and then Coles (Lansell Plaza).

On completing university in 1996 Jacinta was employed as part of the Commonwealth Public Service Graduate Program in the then Department of Industrial Relations.

In mid 1996 Jacinta accepted a position as an electorate officer to Neil O'Keefe, Federal Member for Burke, based in Kyneton. Jacinta worked for Neil for two years, and then worked for Steve Gibbons, Federal Member for Bendigo when Steve was elected in 1998.Jacinta worked for Steve up until her election as the Member for Bendigo East in September 1999.

Jacinta's father and mother, Peter and Glenda, and brother Bradley and family continue to live in Spring Gully.

Jacinta's family has a long tradition of involvement with the Bendigo labour movement. Her Grandfather Bill was a life member of the Australian Railways Union and the Australian Labor Party. He also served on the Bendigo Trades Hall Council, including one term as President in 1965-66.

Rita Allan, Jacinta's Grandmother, was also active as a member of the Bendigo Labor Ladies Association, supporting many campaigns and functions over the years.

Involvement continued in the family, with Jacinta's father Peter a long serving member of both the Australian Labor Party and the Electrical Trades Union.

 Jacinta at age 16

Jacinta at age 16 

Spring Gully, 1989

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