Q and A with Holt MP Cassandra Fernando

Holt MP Cassandra Fernando. 278998_03 Picture: SUPPLIED

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I have been training in contemporary and classical singing since I was 12 years old.

What do you love about what you do?

It brings me great pleasure and honour knowing I can help people, improve our community and ensure a better future for every Australian.

Who is the best person you’ve worked with and why?

Michael Donovan, the Secretary of SDA Victoria, the union for retail, fast food, and warehousing workers. Michael has been a great mentor to me since my days as a union delegate.

What would your last meal be?

Undoubtedly my mum’s Karawala Hodi (Sri Lankan dry fish curry) with white rice, lentils, and coconut sambal.

What is your most memorable moment?

Receiving admission to William Angliss Institute for my patisserie course.

What event past or present would you like to witness?

I would love to witness my parents’ wedding. They have been married for 38 years and I want to return to the moment it all began.

Which three guests, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

St Anthony of Padua, Barack Obama, and Beyoncé.

What are you currently listening to, watching or reading?

I am currently watching The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix and listening to the audiobook version of 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest.

If you had to compete on MasterChef, what dish would you cook? 

I have always dreamed of baking my signature Baklava Cheesecake!

Where is your dream holiday destination?

The serene waters of Maldives fascinate me.

What were you like as a kid?

I was timid and hesitant to speak to anyone except my immediate family.

What was your first job? 

I started as a shop assistant at Woolies Dandenong Plaza aged 15.

What are the three most used apps on your phone?

Outlook for emails, Amazon Audible for audiobooks, and Menulog for ordering in.

What’s one question that you have always wanted answered?

Why does racism exist in the world?