Lara Giddings

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The Honourable
Lara Giddings
MP
Lara Giddings.jpg
44th Premier of Tasmania
In office
24 January 2011 – 31 March 2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Peter Underwood
Deputy Bryan Green
Preceded by David Bartlett
Succeeded by Will Hodgman
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
In office
6 December 2010 – 31 March 2014
Premier David Bartlett
Preceded by Michael Aird
Succeeded by Peter Gutwein
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 Larissa Tahireh Giddings
(1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 41)
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Political party Labor Party
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Occupation Politician

Larissa Tahireh "Lara" Giddings (born 14 November 1972) is an Australian politician and was the 44th Premier of Tasmania from 24 January 2011 until 31 March 2014 . She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin since the 2002 election. She is the first female Premier of Tasmania.

Early years

Giddings was born on 14 November 1972 in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Giddings was educated at Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) in Melbourne, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts/Laws degree at the University of Tasmania.

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.

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.

ALP politics

Giddings was elected one of the five members for the Tasmanian House of Assembly Division of Franklin in the 2002 Tasmanian election for the Australian Labor Party. From 2004 to 2006, she was Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts in the Labor government under Paul Lennon. Following the 2006 election, she became 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.

On 26 May 2008, Lennon resigned the leadership of the State Labor Party and premiership, and Deputy Premier, David Bartlett was elected party leader and became Premier, while Giddings was elected Deputy Leader and became Deputy Premier,1 becoming the second woman in Tasmanian history to hold the position.2

On 23 January 2011, Bartlett stepped down as Premier of Tasmania, and stated 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 party leader, also becoming Premier. She was the first female Premier of Tasmania34 until her government's defeat on 15 March 2014.5

Private life

Giddings is single;6 and has acknowledged that pursuit of her political career has meant that she may never have children.7

References

  1. ^ Neales, Sue; Worley, Mark; Matthews, Craig (26 May 2008). "Bartlett, Giddings new leaders". The Mercury (Hobart). Retrieved 26 May 2008. dead link
  2. ^ Burgess, Julian (14 March 2012). "Giddings is first female premier". The Examiner (Tasmania). Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bartlett confirms resignation on Facebook". ABC News (Australia). 23 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tasmanian premier to resign". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 23 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Atherton, Ben (15 March 2014 22:00 AEST). "Liberals swept to power in Tasmania, Labor fights to the death in South Australia". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Trinca, Helen (29 January 2011). "Singles bar removed but politics remains". The Australian. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Neales, Sue (23 December 2008). "Giddings: Politics over family". The Mercury (Hobart). Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

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Tasmanian House of Assembly
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)
Paul Harriss (2014-present)
Will Hodgman (2002–present)
Daniel Hulme (2009–2010)
Paul Lennon (2002–2008)
Nick McKim (2002–present)
David O'Byrne (2010–2014)
Jacquie Petrusma (2010–present)
Paula Wriedt (2002–2009)
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
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Vanessa Goodwin
Preceded by
Michael Aird
Treasurer of Tasmania
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Peter Gutwein
Preceded by
David Bartlett
Premier of Tasmania
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Will Hodgman
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Bartlett
Leader of the Labor Party in Tasmania
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Bryan Green


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