Joining as a representative of the National Media Section, Johnston will attend discussions and meetings throughout the year to decide on issues, and policy involving the section.
Governed by a Federal Council of over 93 elected representatives, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) is the Australian trade union and professional organization for media, entertainment, sports, and arts industry professionals.
Further to her new position, Johnston will attend the MEAA’s Federal Council meeting every two years alongside representatives from other sections.
Speaking with MCV Pacific about the appointment, Rae said, “I’m honoured to have been elected to the MEAA Media Federal Council, the first non-male majority council in the union’s history, and the first with an Aboriginal representative.
It’s a privilege to be able to represent my fellow tech & gaming colleagues with determining the policy and campaign direction of Australia’s union for journalists and media professionals, fighting for press freedom and upholding media ethics.”
MEAA chief executive, Paul Murphy adding, “We extend a warm welcome to all the new representatives on our Federal Council and are delighted at the growing diversity of representation, especially from the Indigenous and LGBTIQ communities.
“For the first time in more than a century of history, the National Media Section committee has a majority of female members, while four new Indigenous members have been elected to Federal Council.
“As a young journalist and performer and an Aboriginal woman – and a specialist tech and games journalist and editor at Junkee – Rae Johnston will bring a valuable new perspective to our union’s decision making.”