Annastacia Palaszczuk

Annastacia Palaszczuk (/ˈpæləʃ/ (listen), Polish: Annastacia Pałaszczuk, Polish pronunciation: [annastat͡ɕa pawaʂʈ͡ʂuk];[1] 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.


Annastacia Palaszczuk

Palaszczuk in 2016
39th Premier of Queensland
Assumed office
14 February 2015
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorPaul de Jersey
DeputyJackie Trad
Steven Miles
Preceded byCampbell Newman
Leader of the Labor Party in Queensland
Assumed office
28 March 2012
DeputyTim Mulherin
Jackie Trad
Steven Miles
Preceded byAnna Bligh
Leader of the Opposition in Queensland
In office
28 March 2012  14 February 2015
PremierCampbell Newman
DeputyTim Mulherin
Preceded byJeff Seeney
Succeeded byLawrence Springborg
Minister for Transport
In office
21 February 2011  26 March 2012
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byRachel Nolan
Succeeded byScott Emerson
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
In office
26 March 2009  26 March 2012
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byLindy Nelson-Carr
Succeeded byJack Dempsey
Minister for Disability Services
In office
26 March 2009  21 February 2011
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byLindy Nelson-Carr
Succeeded byCurtis Pitt
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Inala
Assumed office
9 September 2006
Preceded byHenry Palaszczuk
Personal details
Born (1969-07-25) 25 July 1969 (age 52)
Durack, Queensland
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)
  • (m. 1996; div. 1998)
  • Simon Every
    (m. 2004; div. 2009)
MotherLorelle Palaszczuk
FatherHenry Palaszczuk
Education
Alma mater
OccupationPolicy adviser
ProfessionSolicitor
Politician
CabinetPalaszczuk Ministry

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.[2] 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.[3]