Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for New South Wales. Mehreen is a career engineer and life-long activist for social and environmental justice.
Since emigrating from Pakistan in 1992 and completing her doctorate at the University of New South Wales, Mehreen has worked as an environmental engineer for local government and academic. She directed the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW and was Associate Professor of the Australian Graduate School of Management. Throughout her career she has been involved in feminist and environmental activism. She joined the Port Macquarie Greens in 2004.
Mehreen was appointed to NSW Parliament’s upper house in 2013, the first muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament. While in NSW parliament, she introduced the first bill to decriminalise abortion, forced the Liberal-National government to disclose evidence of mass outsourcing of public sector work, and won a container deposit scheme and driver’s license suspension reform. Mehreen has been a leading voice in opposition to the greyhound racing industry, privatisation of public transport, and removal of native vegetation laws.
Mehreen won the feminist Edna Ryan Grand Stirrer award in 2017 “for inciting others to challenge the status quo” in her work to decriminalise abortion. She has been named one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia, received the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Award for Leadership, and remains a Fellow of the Institution on Engineers Australia and member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.