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Lara Giddings

The Honourable
Lara Giddings
MP
44th Premier of Tasmania
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 January 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Peter Underwood
Deputy Bryan Green
Preceded by David Bartlett
Deputy Premier of Tasmania
In office
26 May 2008 – 24 January 2011
Premier David Bartlett
Preceded by David Bartlett
Succeeded by Bryan Green
Treasurer of Tasmania
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 December 2010
Premier David Bartlett
Preceded by Michael Aird
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Franklin
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 July 2002
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Lyons
In office
24 February 1996 – 29 August 1998
Personal details
Born (1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 41)
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Political party Labor Party
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Profession Politician

Larissa Tahireh "Lara" Giddings (born 14 November 1972) is an Australian politician and the 44th and current Premier of Tasmania since January 2011. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin since the 2002 election.

Education

Lara Giddings was educated at Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) in Melbourne.

Parliamentary career

Giddings was first elected to parliament in the 1996 election in the electorate of Lyons as the youngest woman elected to an Australian Parliament at the age of 23 years, but was defeated at the 1998 election, and then re-elected in the 2002 election in Franklin. Following the resignation of the Premier, Paul Lennon on 26 May 2008 and the elevation of the Deputy Premier, David Bartlett to the position of Premier, Giddings was elected as Deputy Australian Labor Party Leader and sworn in as Deputy Premier.[1]

Giddings obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Tasmania and went on to work in the Australian Senate as Whip's Clerk, then an electorate officer with Senator Sue Mackay. She travelled to Britain, where she did some temporary administrative work in London, and later worked as a Parliamentary research officer for the Member for Dunfermline East, Helen Eadie, in the Scottish Parliament. Until her return to parliament in 2002, she worked for the Tasmanian Premier as a speech writer and media assistant.

From 2004 to 2006, Giddings was Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts. Following the 2006 election, she was assigned the role of Minister for Health and Human Services. Shortly after the election, the State Government decided to proceed with building a replacement for the Royal Hobart Hospital and the significant task of planning the replacement came under Giddings' portfolio. In April 2007, she came under criticism for the poor conditions in the Emergency Department and blamed the Federal Government for under-funding.

In 2008, Giddings became only the second woman in Tasmanian history to be appointed Deputy Premier.

On 23 January 2011, Bartlett announced that he would step down as Premier of Tasmania, and that "Lara Giddings will be an outstanding Premier and will have my full support". On 24 January, the State Parliamentary Labor Party unanimously elected Giddings as the new leader, and thus the new Premier. She is the first female Premier of Tasmania.[2][3]

Private life

Giddings is not married and does not have a partner.[4] She has acknowledged that her political career may mean that she never has children.[5]

References

External links

  • Lara Giddings – Parliamentary library profile
  • Lara Giddings official website
  • Lara Giddings – Labor party profile
  • Lara Giddings' inaugural speech to parliament
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Preceded by
Ian Braid
David Llewellyn
Bob Mainwaring
Christine Milne
Graeme Page
Michael Polley
Denise Swan
Member for Lyons
1996–1998
Served alongside: Rene Hidding
David Llewellyn
Michael Polley
Denise Swan
Succeeded by
Ken Bacon
Rene Hidding
David Llewellyn
Michael Polley
Denise Swan
Preceded by
Paul Lennon
Martin McManus
Neville Oliver
Matt Smith
Paula Wriedt
Member for Franklin
2002–present
Served alongside: Ross Butler (2008–2010)
Will Hodgman
Daniel Hulme (2009–2010)
Paul Lennon (2002–2008)
Nick McKim
David O'Byrne (2010–present)
Jacquie Petrusma (2010–present)
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
David Llewellyn
Attorney-General
Minister for Justice

2008–2011
Succeeded by
David Bartlett
Preceded by
David Bartlett
Deputy Premier of Tasmania
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Bryan Green
Preceded by
David O'Byrne
Minister for the Arts
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michael Aird
Treasurer of Tasmania
2010–present
Preceded by
David Bartlett
Premier of Tasmania
2011–present
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Bartlett
Leader of the Labor Party in Tasmania
2011–present
Incumbent

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