Senator for South Australia
Skye Kakoschke-Moore entered the Senate in 2016 saying she was ‘driven by people’ not politics. She decided to stand for parliament after taking a phone call from a distraught woman whose husband had gambled away the family savings. At the time an adviser to Senator Nick Xenophon, Kakoschke-Moore realised ‘it was my turn to step up and do what I could to make a difference’.
Kakoschke-Moore focused on protecting children online, campaigning for Carly’s Law which made it unlawful for adults to lie about their age to minors online, and strengthening laws to prevent cybersex trafficking. She also persuaded the Senate to hold an inquiry into cyberbullying.
Kakoschke-Moore championed the need for ongoing support and compensation for victims of abuse in the Australian Defence Force and convinced the government to trial assistance dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She was also a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage.
On finding that girls in remote communities missed school because they didn’t have access to menstrual hygiene products, she called on the government to supply these items.
Kakoschke-Moore resigned after 18 months on learning she held dual citizenship, which disqualified her as a senator.