Judy Spence

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The Honourable
Judy Spence
Leader of the House of Queensland
In office
7 April 2009 – 24 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Robert Schwarten
Succeeded by Ray Stevens
Minister for Police and Corrective Services of Queensland
In office
12 February 2004 – 26 March 2009
Premier Peter Beattie (2004-2007) Anna Bligh (2007-2009)
Preceded by Tony McGrady
Succeeded by Neil Roberts
Minister for Seniors of Queensland
In office
20 June 2002 – 12 February 2004
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Warren Pitt
Minister for Families and Disability Services of Queensland
In office
22 February 2001 – 12 February 2004
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by Anna Bligh
Succeeded by Warren Pitt as Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships of Queensland
In office
29 June 1998 – 12 February 2004
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Liddy Clark
Minister for Women and Fair Trading of Queensland
In office
29 June 1998 – 22 February 2001
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Wendy Edmond as Minister assisting the Premier on Women's Policy
Merri Rose as Minister for Fair Trading
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Sunnybank
Mount Gravatt (1989–2009)
In office
2 December 1989 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Ian Henderson
Succeeded by Mark Stewart
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party

Judith Caroline Spence (born 19 May 1957) is an Australian politician and former member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the Australian Labor Party, from the 1989 election to 2012. She represented Mount Gravatt until 2009, but after a redistribution she switched to Sunnybank, which covered much of the same territory. She was Leader of the House, a role responsible for the co-ordination and management of Government business in the Assembly from 7 April 2009 to 24 March 2012.[1]

Spence was born in Brisbane on 19 May 1957 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching before becoming a secondary school teacher. She was elected to Parliament at the 1989 election on 2 December 1989, defeating National MP Ian Henderson and becoming the first Labor member for the seat in 32 years. She was a member of various committees and, upon the defeat of the Goss government as a result of the Mundingburra by-election, became Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Women in the Beattie shadow cabinet in February 1996, adding Aboriginal and Islander Affairs to her shadow responsibilities in December 1996.[1]

After the 1998 state election, where Labor won minority government, she became Minister for Women's Policy, Aboriginal and Islander Affairs and Fair Trading in the Beattie Ministry. In 2000, she resigned from the Left faction of the Labor Party and joined the dominant Labor Unity faction. At the 2001 state election, she retained Aboriginal and Islander Affairs but otherwise moved to Families and Disability Services. In 2004 she was promoted to Minister for Police and Corrective Services, in which she served until the 2009 election. She was demoted to Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Premier and Minister for Arts at this time by Premier Anna Bligh, attributed by some analysts to the settling of a dispute arising from her earlier factional switch,[2] but she was appointed Leader of the House a couple of weeks later.[1]

She is a member of Amnesty International and several schools' Parents & Citizens committees. Spence stood down from Parliament at the 2012 election.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Judith Caroline Spence". Queensland Parliamentary Service. 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Williams, Paul (December 2009). "Australian Political Chronicle: January–June 2009". Australian Journal of Politics and History 55 (4): 610. ISSN 0004-9522. 
  3. ^ "QLD MPs to step down at election". Brisbane Times. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.