Curtis Pitt

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Curtis Pitt
MP
Leader of Opposition Business of Queensland
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 April 2012
Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Rosemary Menkens
Minister for Disabilites, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Parterships of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Annastacia Palaszczuk (Disabilities)
Desley Boyle (Partnerships)
Succeeded by Tracy Davis (Disability Services)
Jack Dempsey (Partnerships)
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Mulgrave
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 March 2009
Preceded by Warren Pitt
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party

Curtis Warren Pitt (born 1 February 1977) is an Australian politician who has been a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland since 2009, representing the district of Mulgrave.

Early life[edit]

Pitt was born and raised in Gordonvale in Far North Queensland. He completed his secondary education at St Mary’s College in Woree. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from James Cook University.

His father, Warren Pitt, was the member for Mulgrave from 1989 to 1995, when he was defeated by the National Party's Naomi Wilson, and again from 1998 to 2009.

Career[edit]

Prior to announcing his intention to run for parliament, Pitt was head of the Queensland Government's Indigenous Jobs and Enterprises Taskforce. He had previously led the government's business and skilled migration program. He was elected to the seat of Mulgrave, standing for the Labor Party, at the 2009 state election with a 48.51% primary vote and a two-candidate preferred vote (2CP) of 58.08, and was appointed to the Bligh Ministry in the February 2011 reshuffle as Minister for Disabilities, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. He was re-elected at the 2012 state election, albeit with his primary vote down 14.51 percentage points and his 2CP share reduced to 51.45%. Following the election, which resulted in a severely reduced caucus of seven members, Pitt was appointed Leader of Opposition Business and given the following Shadow Ministerial portfolios: Treasury and Trade; Energy and Water Supply; Main Roads; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Sport and Recreation.[1] These appointments could change if Jackie Trad is declared the winner of the South Brisbane by-election as she will likely be given a share of the party's portfolios.

Other[edit]

Pitt was an Auxiliary Firefighter with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. He is a member of Lions Clubs International and Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support Queensland.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shadow Cabinet announced". Queenslandlabor.org. 19 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Curtis Pitt Candidate For Mulgrave". Australian Labor Party Queensland Branch. 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Disabilities
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Tracy Davis
New title Minister for Mental Health
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Lawrence Springborg
as Minister for Health
Preceded by
Desley Boyle
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Jack Dempsey
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Warren Pitt
Member for Mulgrave
2009–present
Incumbent