Rainee Skinner was born and educated in Nambour. She loved her carefree early life on the Sunshine Coast. After completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland and working for Ansett Airlines for 2 years in Public Relations, Rainee moved to Sydney to pursue an acting career. She worked both as an actor and an English Language teacher (at the University of NSW) before coming home to the Sunshine Coast to raise her three children.
Since her return, she has further developed her career in writing, acting and communication. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she was also an English Language teacher for six years. She works both in Brisbane (Qld University of Technology as teacher in Communication) and at a local Language school.
With her partners, she has written and performed cabarets across the Sunshine Coast and inter-state. Many of these edgy cabarets deal with social justice issues. She co-wrote the play, ‘Dangerous Curves’, which she also performed in at the Back to Nambour Festival. On the Sunshine Coast she is often MC for Festuri and World Environment Day. She also works and volunteers for organisations that deal with social justice issues. Her business, speaker with heart, seeks to add heart, nuance and vision to the world of communication.
Rainee is deeply involved in her local area always believing that communities are built through contribution and that solutions to real problems can be negotiated by establishing rapport at a community level.
Rainee’s abiding interest in politics and her passionate love for her natural environment has prompted her to stand for the Queensland Greens in Maroochydore. She has enormous respect for the democratic process and relishes the opportunity to use her experience, passion and communicative skills to contribute further to her local community.
I welcome The Queensland Green’s vision for an evolving and better Queensland and Australia. I believe that imagination and the commitment to ‘getting better’ will prompt realistic solutions to local and global problems. I also believe that the Queensland Greens provide opportunities to open up the debates that are always worth having. I embrace the prospect of building better communities through robust dialogue and consultation in order to promote strategic action.
I see the Coal Seam Gas issue as a case in point. The people have a right to dissent and their voices need to be heard. The opportunity for Australia to be a leader in green energy and green jobs is beckoning.
Conservation does not mean deprivation. Creativity and the men and women of social justice, science community building and education will play key roles as the debate on climate change intensifies. Local community focus on food and water security, education and the development of humanitarian attitudes will demand that at a grass roots level our best and brightest selves be engaged.
I am quoting from Bob Brown’s book ‘The Earth’, in concluding by saying that our imperative is to rescue ourselves from ourselves by ourselves. Earth’s future depends on our own human wisdom, generosity and courage.
There is no doubt in my mind that we can do it with your help and your vote.