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|3rd Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory|
Elections: 1995, 1998
2 March 1995 - 18 October 2000
|Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly|
15 February 1992 - 17 October 2000
Anne Katherine Frazer
30 May 1955
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party|
Ian Carnell (m. 1977–1997)
Ray Kiley (m. 2007)
Anne Katherine Carnell AO (née Knowlman; born 30 May 1955) is an Australian businesswoman and former Liberal Party politician, who served as the third Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from 1995 to 2000.
Heading back to Brisbane after her hospitalisation, Carnell returned to her studies and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1976 with a pharmacy degree. She married husband Ian Carnell in July 1977 and together they moved to Canberra, arriving August 1977. She bought her own pharmacy business in Red Hill in 1981. She owned and managed the pharmacy until 2000.
She was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Australian Pharmacy Guild, serving in the position between 1988 and 1994. as well as National Vice-President of the guild between 1990 and 1994.
Among other positions she was: Chairman of the Canberra and Southern District Pharmacists Company Ltd (1982-1992), Vice-President of the Retail Industry and Training Council, ACT (1987-1991), Councillor at the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management (1990-1991), Member of the ACT Board of Health (1990-1991), and a Member of the Pharmacy Restructuring Authority (1990-1991).
After winning 7 of 17 seats in the 1995 ACT election, the Liberal Party formed a minority government with Carnell as Chief Minister. The government was re-elected in the 1998 election. She held the portfolios of Minister for Health and Community Care (1995-1998), Minister Responsible for Multicultural and International Affairs (1995-2000), Minister for Business and Employment (1997-1998) and Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts (2000).
The Carnell Government was severely criticised following the death of twelve-year-old Katie Bender, when the de-commissioned Royal Canberra Hospital was imploded on 13 July 1997 to make way for the National Museum of Australia. Bender died instantly when she was struck by a one kilogram fragment of steel which had been thrown about 430 metres across Lake Burley Griffin by the force of the explosion.
The Coroner cleared Carnell as Chief Minister of any personal responsibility. The Coroner did find in his report that the Government had turned the implosion into a 'public circus' and that this was with the approval of the Chief Minister. The public was invited by the Government to attend and witness the event, resulting in the largest crowd in Canberra's history, in excess of 100,000. The Coroner found that the Government had been cavalier in its attitude to the warnings from a health union about the possible dangers of some aspects of the proposed implosion. The Coroner summarised that, "the evidence on this topic leads me to conclude that Carnell was poorly briefed and advised on this subject matter. The quality of the reply to the HSUA was sacrificed in the interests of speed and expediency".
In October 2000, Carnell resigned, pre-empting a no-confidence motion in relation to cost over-runs in the Bruce Stadium redevelopment project. The project had a $27.3 million budget, of which $12.3 million was provided for by the ACT government and $15 million was to be sourced from the private sector. However, the project eventually cost $82 million, and was solely funded by the government. An ACT Auditor-General's review found that the project's $27.3 million cost estimate had not undergone proper assessment, review or analysis. The review also found that while private financing had been included in the project budget, no funds had been offered or provided by the private sector.
Reflecting on the end of her career in 2012, Carnell told media that she took ministerial responsibility for breaches of the Financial Management Act related to the Bruce Stadium redevelopment because it had occurred in her portfolio, even though the breaches happened without her knowledge. Carnell told reporters that interpretation of ministerial responsibility in the Legislative Assembly had become "really different", comparing her downfall to current events surrounding former Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, who was cleared of ministerial responsibility for data-tampering in her health portfolio.
After resigning her post as the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Carnell has worked in a variety of positions.
On 29 July 2007, nearly a decade after her first marriage dissolved, Carnell and her long-term partner, Ray Kiley, married at a ceremony conducted at Old Parliament House in Canberra.
| Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
|Party political offices|
| Opposition Leader of the Australian Capital Territory
|Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly|
|| Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly
|| Member for Molonglo in the ACT Legislative Assembly