"The people who have inspired me are the people who are in my own family. Even today I look at my aunties, and I get a bit emotional about it because they still struggle. They raise all these kids, and a lot of that is because we're still dealing with the alcohol, and the unfairness of systems that still refuse to budge and they're the people who keep me going," she told NITV.
Senator McCarthy first opened up during her maiden speech, in September last year, speaking on a personal experience in a bid to highlight the effects of public scrutiny. She urged Malcolm Turnbull to reconsider a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.