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Lara Giddings


Lara Giddings
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44th Premier of Tasmania
Elections: 2014

24 January 2011 - 31 March 2014
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorPeter Underwood
DeputyBryan Green
David Bartlett
Will Hodgman
Deputy Premier of Tasmania

26 May 2008 - 24 January 2011
PremierDavid Bartlett
David Bartlett
Bryan Green
Treasurer of Tasmania

6 December 2010 - 31 March 2014
PremierDavid Bartlett
Michael Aird
Peter Gutwein
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Franklin

20 July 2002 - 3 March 2018
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Lyons

24 February 1996 - 29 August 1998
Personal details
Born
Larissa Tahireh Giddings

(1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 46)
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Political partyLabor Party
Domestic partnerIan Magill
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania
OccupationPolitician
Websitelaragiddings.com

Larissa Tahireh "Lara" Giddings (born 14 November 1972) is a former Australian politician who was the 44th Premier of Tasmania from 24 January 2011 until 31 March 2014, the first woman to hold the position. She was a Labor Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin from 2002 to 2018, and was the party's leader during her period as premier, replaced by Bryan Green after her government's defeat at the 2014 state election.[1] Giddings came from the Labor Left faction.[2]

Early years

Giddings was born on 14 November 1972 in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. As an adolescent, Giddings was educated at Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) in Melbourne as a boarder. At age 18, she joined the Australian Labor Party.[3]

Parliamentary career

Giddings was first elected to parliament in the 1996 election in the electorate of Lyons but was defeated at the 1998 election. Elected at the age of 23 years she was the youngest woman elected to an Australian Parliament.[4]

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.[3] 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 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,[5] becoming the second woman in Tasmanian history to hold the position.[6]

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 Tasmania[7][8] until her government's defeat on 15 March 2014.[9] Following her government's defeat, Giddings opted to return to the backbench, the first defeated Premier to do so since Harry Holgate in 1982. Her deputy, Bryan Green, succeeded her as Tasmanian Labor leader.

On 14 May 2017, Giddings announced that she would be retiring from politics at the next Tasmanian state election.[10]

Private life

In 2011, Giddings stated that pursuit of her political career meant that she may never have children.[11][12] In September 2017, Giddings announced she was pregnant at the age of 44 with the help of an egg donor.[13] In January 2019, she gave birth to a baby by the name of Natasha Rose with partner Ian Magill.[14]

Honours

Giddings' official portrait was unveiled at Parliament House in Hobart in 2016.[15]

On 16 August 2017, she was granted the use of the title "The Honourable" for life.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Lara Giddings, first female to lead Tasmania, to quit politics". ABC News. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Denholm, Matthew (25 January 2011). "Leftist Lara Giddings still looking for Mr Right". news article. Retrieved 2018 – via The Australian.
  3. ^ a b Denholm, Matthew (21 January 2012). "Lara Giddings and the choice that may lead to her downfall as Tasmanian premier". feature article. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Smith, Matt (7 January 2015). "Labor Party dismisses rumours former premier Lara Giddings is leaving Parliament". news article. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Neales, Sue; Worley, Mark; Matthews, Craig (26 May 2008). "Bartlett, Giddings new leaders". The Mercury. Hobart. Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Burgess, Julian (14 March 2012). "Giddings is first female premier". The Examiner. Tasmania. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Bartlett confirms resignation on Facebook". ABC News. Australia. 23 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Tasmanian premier to resign". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 23 January 2011.
  9. ^ Atherton, Ben (15 March 2014). "Liberals swept to power in Tasmania, Labor fights to the death in South Australia". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Wisbey, Michelle (14 May 2017). "Giddings to leave politics". The Examiner.
  11. ^ Trinca, Helen (29 January 2011). "Singles bar removed but politics remains". The Australian. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ Neales, Sue (23 December 2008). "Giddings: Politics over family". The Mercury. Hobart. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ Glaetzer, Sally (22 September 2017). "Lara Giddings' joy as she prepares for a baby with partner Ian Magill". The Mercury. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Wilkins, Kasey (27 January 2018). "Lara Giddings welcomes 'beautiful' baby girl, Natasha Rose". The Examiner. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Richards, Blair (26 August 2016). "Official portrait of former Labor Premier Lara Giddings unveiled in State Parliament". Mercury. Australia. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "Members of Tasmanian Parliament who have been granted the right to use the title 'Honourable' for life". Tasmanian Parliamentary Library. Parliament of Tasmania. Retrieved 2018.

External links

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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