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Annastacia Palaszczuk

MP
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Palaszczuk in 2016
39th Premier of Queensland
Assumed office
14 February 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Paul de Jersey
Deputy Jackie Trad
Steven Miles
Preceded by Campbell Newman
Leader of the Labor Party in Queensland
Assumed office
28 March 2012
Deputy Tim Mulherin
Jackie Trad
Steven Miles
Preceded by Anna Bligh
Leader of the Opposition in Queensland
In office
28 March 2012 – 14 February 2015
Premier Campbell Newman
Deputy Tim Mulherin
Preceded by Jeff Seeney
Succeeded by Lawrence Springborg
Minister for Transport
In office
21 February 2011 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Rachel Nolan
Succeeded by Scott Emerson
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
In office
26 March 2009 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Lindy Nelson-Carr
Succeeded by Jack Dempsey
Minister for Disability Services
In office
26 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Lindy Nelson-Carr
Succeeded by Curtis Pitt
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Inala
Assumed office
9 September 2006
Preceded by Henry Palaszczuk
Personal details
Born 25 July 1969 (1969-07-25) (age 52)
Durack, Queensland
Political party Labor
Spouse(s)
  • George Megalogenis
    (m. 1996; div. 1998)
  • Simon Every
    (m. 2004; div. 2009)
Mother Lorelle Palaszczuk
Father Henry Palaszczuk
Education
Alma mater
Occupation Policy adviser
Profession Solicitor
Politician
Cabinet Palaszczuk Ministry

Annastacia Palaszczuk ( Polish: Annastacia Pałaszczuk born 25 July 1969) is an Australian politician who has been the 39th premier of Queensland since 2015 and the Leader of the Labor Party in Queensland since 2012. She was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the district of Inala at the 2006 election.

Palaszczuk was a political adviser and lawyer before her election to the Legislative Assembly, succeeding her father Henry Palaszczuk in the seat of Inala. She held several roles in the Bligh Government from 2009 to 2012, when Queensland Labor suffered a historic defeat. One of only seven remaining Labor Assembly Members, Palaszczuk was elected unopposed as the Leader of Queensland Labor, becoming Leader of the Opposition.

Despite Labor's heavy loss in 2012, Palaszczuk led Labor to victory at the 2015 election, becoming the first woman in Australian history to become a state Premier from opposition. Her first ministry was majority female, also a first in Australia. She went on to lead Labor to increased majorities at the 2017 and 2020 elections, making her the first Australian female Premier to win three terms.

Personal life

Palaszczuk was married to journalist George Megalogenis from 1996 to 1998, and to Simon Every, who was then Senator Joe Ludwig's chief of staff, from 2004 to 2009. From 2015 to 2018, her partner was Shaun Drabsch, an infrastructure adviser. During the 2017 Queensland election, Drabsch was alleged to have a conflict of interest over Adani Group's Carmichael coal mine. Palaszczuk and Drabsch split "amicably" in February 2018.

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