Janelle Saffin is a long-time Burmese campaigner, and has previously lectured on constitutional law within Burma/Myanmar.
She is the Chair of the Australian Labor Party's International Party Development Committee and a former chair of the Australia–Myanmar Parliamentary Group. She has visited Burma many times over the past 20 years and has been a member of the Burma Lawyers Council for many years. She co-founded the website Gateway to Burma and has helped hundreds of Burmese refugees relocate worldwide.
From 2004 until 2007, Janelle was senior political adviser to His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos-Horta while the Nobel Laureate was Timor Leste’s Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Prime Minister and President.
From November 2007 until September 2013, Janelle represented the federal electorate of Page for the Australian Labor Party, and previously served as a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1995 to 2003. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party.