Grace Grace

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Grace Grace
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Member of the Queensland Parliament for Brisbane Central
In office
13 October 2007 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Peter Beattie
Succeeded by Robert Cavallucci
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party

Ignazia Graziella Grace, usually known as Grace Grace (born 12 August 1958) is an Australian politician, who represented the electoral district of Brisbane Central in the Queensland Legislative Assembly since the October 2007 by-election.[1] She is a member of the Australian Labor Party.

She was born Ignazia Graziella Farfaglia[2] in Brisbane, Queensland, the daughter of an Italian migrant cane cutter. She was an industrial relations advisor in the government of Prime Minister Paul Keating, until 1995 when she was elected as assistant general secretary, and in 2000 the first female general secretary, of the Queensland Council of Unions.[3] "Grace" is an Anglicised version of "Graziella" and also her husband's surname.

Grace was elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election following the resignation of Premier Peter Beattie. The Coalition did not field a candidate. She won the seat again in the 2009 state election, despite an 8.4 percent swing to the newly merged Liberal National Party (LNP).

Grace was a notable supporter of the ALP government's decision to legislate civil partnerships for homosexual couples in Queensland. New Farm and Fortitude Valley, the main centres for Brisbane's gay community, are both in her electorate and she has built close ties with gay rights organisations.

In the 2012 state election she lost her seat to the LNP's Robert Cavallucci.