Congratulations Rachel Durrant - recipient of the 2018 Bridget Whelan Scholarship!

Labor Leader Bill Shorten announced in Parliament House that the winner of the annual $10,000 Bridget Whelan Scholarship is Rachel Durrant, currently the Adviser on Communications and Campaigns from The Hon. Tanya Plibersek’s office.


The event was attended by our Patron, Elizabeth Reid AO, Senators, MPs, staffers and special guests including Bridget Whelan’s sister and niece.

Rachel has worked for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition for 6 years, and has a real passion for exploring innovative ways to use communications and campaign techniques.  A particular area of interest for her is how the party campaigns in inner city seats where the changing demographics and geography means that traditional methods of direct voter contact don’t work.

The scholarship funds will be used to travel to the US and meet with Democrat campaign units and other groups using digital campaigning techniques to investigate the latest ways of integrating digital and field campaigning.  This information will be able to be shared with campaign teams across the country and help shape the narrative of policies for upcoming elections.

Thanks to all of those who shared this special event with us, including last year’s winner Karelle Logan who gave a report on her participation in a Wellstone Training Camp on progressive campaigning techniques.