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 in Cairns in Far North Queensland and raised in Gordonvale. He attended Gordonvale Primary School, Gordonvale High School, and completed his secondary education at St Mary’s College in Woree. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from James Cook University in Cairns.

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. During his first term, Pitt was Deputy Government Whip (May 2010 – February 2011) 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.

During his time in Cabinet, he oversaw the launch of the Learning Earning Active Places (LEAP) strategy to close the gap for the nearly 80 per cent of Queenslanders who live in urban and regional areas who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. In 2011 he also released ‘Just Futures’, the Queensland Government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice strategy to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. During NAIDOC 2011, he launched the ‘Deadly Stories’ campaign.

As Minister for Disability Services, he released ‘Absolutely Everybody’ — Queenslands ground breaking 10 year disability strategy, as well as the Carer Action Plan 2011-14, which focuses on the varying needs of carers. He also introduced the Forensic Disability Act 2011 and the Forensic Disability Service which provides a therapeutic model of support for those people on forensic orders with a sole diagnosis of intellectual or cognitive impairment. He was also a member of the COAG Select-Council working with the Australian Government to lay the foundations for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

And as Queensland’s first Minister for Mental Health, he jointly launched the anti-stigma campaign ‘Change Our Minds’, followed soon after by the launch of a new mental health community services plan ‘Supporting Recovery 2011-2017′. He also led the development of the first Mental Health Commission for Queensland – another major mental health reform which was later adopted in-part by the Newman LNP Government.

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]

After two portfolio reshuffles following bi-election wins this term by Yvette D'Ath (Redcliffe) and Anthony Lynham (Stafford), Pitt is currently Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Trade, Energy and Water Supply, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. He retained the role of Leader of Opposition Business in the Parliament.

Other[edit]

Pitt was an Auxiliary Firefighter with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. He is a member of Lions Clubs International and state Patron of 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
Glen Elmes
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Warren Pitt
Member for Mulgrave
2009–present
Incumbent