Charlie was born at Rockhampton Mater Hospital enroute to North Queensland. She completed her primary school education at Kuranda, Mena Creek and Karumba State Schools. With no high school in Karumba, Charlie and her younger sister, Nicky, went to boarding school in Rockhampton while their mother worked on the prawn trawlers in the Gulf of Carpentaria to pay for their education.
Charlie credits many of the opportunities in her life to the sacrifices of her mum and her grandparents, Dixie and Snow McKeen, who raised their grandkids during their early childhood while mum was away at sea. Charlie was halfway through her degree at the University of Queensland when she took time out to work as a cook - deckhand on a barramundi boat, and also a shark boat, the FV Kundu.
But Charlie's real passion was writing so she went back to uni before commencing a journalism cadetship at the Central Queensland News in Emerald. Charlie returned home in 1995 to work on the Cairns Sun where she earned a reputation for strong, objective reporting which ultimately earned her several regional and Statewide awards, including Best News Article at the 1997 FNQ Media Awards.
Charlie was Warren's longest-serving media adviser in his 11 years as the Federal Member for Leichhardt. She further honed her political experience by working with Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough in his electorate of Longman (north of Brisbane) and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock (formerly Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs).
After returning home last year to work again with Warren Entsch, Charlie gained Liberal Party pre-selection in December 2006. She has resigned from her position and is now a full-time cansidate working hard to retain the seat of Leichhardt in the safe hands of the Liberal Party at the next federal election.