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Tahlia Robertson is a Director at Barton Deakin working across the Federal and New South Wales Government jurisdictions.
Tahlia was a Senior Policy and Political Adviser in the Abbott Opposition and the Abbott and Turnbull Governments. As part of her tenure, she worked for Cabinet Ministers across many portfolios, including Agriculture, Health, Employment, Industrial Relations, Women and Education.
As a key adviser she implemented significant Government policy reforms to Health Star Rating, Country of Origin Labelling and Women’s employment initiatives.
She is also an avid and passionate political campaigner, working on the 2013 Page Electorate campaign where she provided dynamic assistance, helping the Nationals win the seat from the Labor Party. In 2016 Tahlia was selected to work in Coalition Campaign Headquarters, working with Queensland incumbents and candidates and she is proud that all of her incumbents were re-elected.
Transitioning from politics to corporate, Tahlia was headhunted to work for McDonald’s Australia Ltd as Head of Government Relations working across all stakeholders within the business from the board, franchisees, suppliers and the McDonald’s global system.
Whilst at McDonald’s, Tahlia led the organisation through the Parliamentary Inquiry into Franchising, as a leader in business, demonstrating that franchising is a credible business operation in Australia. The resulting recommendations were specific to the business and policy outcomes in planning, marketing, franchising, supply chain and industrial relations. Through the process, McDonald’s was able to build positive brand trust within Government.
Tahlia is result-focused and can navigate a difficult political landscape because she has extensive networks across all levels of Government and numerous industry groups. Tahlia takes a forward-thinking and commercial view in getting outcomes and achieving objectives. Her belief is to always be three steps ahead to ensure that organisations are positioned to advise on key policy measures to Governments to get the best outcomes for organisations.