Kate Ellis

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The Honourable
Kate Ellis
MP
Shadow Minister for Education and Early Childhood
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 October 2013
Leader Bill Shorten
Preceded by Christopher Pyne
Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth
In office
9 June 2009 – 28 June 2010
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Succeeded by Peter Garrett
In office
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Peter Garrett
Succeeded by Sussan Ley as Assistant Minister for Education
Minister for Employment Participation
In office
14 December 2011 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Mark Arbib
Succeeded by Luke Hartsuyker
Minister for Sport
In office
3 December 2007 – 24 June 2010
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded by George Brandis
Succeeded by Mark Arbib
Minister for Youth
In office
3 December 2007 – 9 June 2009
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Succeeded by Herself as Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Adelaide
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded by Trish Worth
Personal details
Born (1977-09-22) 22 September 1977 (age 36)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) David Penberthy
Website http://www.kateellis.com.au

Kate Margaret Ellis, MP (born 22 September 1977) is an Australian politician, representing the federal division of Adelaide since 2004, and was the Minister for Employment Participation and Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth in the Rudd Government.

Early life and career[edit]

Ellis was born in Melbourne and grew up in rural South Australia in the Murray River town of Mannum[1] where her mother worked as a teacher in the local primary school.[1] Ellis moved to Adelaide for her secondary education, attending Daws Road High School.[2] She began, but did not complete,[citation needed] studying international relations at Flinders University where she was General Secretary of the Students Association and an editor of Empire Times. A member of the Australian Labor Party, she worked as a research officer for state and federal parliamentarians. She was a ministerial adviser to South Australian state minister Rory McEwen and then for the former Deputy Premier of South Australia, Kevin Foley.

Political career[edit]

Ellis was elected to the House of Representatives for the Division of Adelaide, South Australia at the 2004 federal election, defeating Liberal Party incumbent Trish Worth. At the 2007 federal election, Ellis retained her seat with a 48.6% primary vote, and a 58.4% two-party preferred vote.

After the election Kevin Rudd appointed Ellis Minister for Youth and Minister for Sport. This made her the youngest person ever to become an Australian government minister, a record until then held by former Prime Minister Paul Keating.[3] On 6 June 2009, in a ministerial reshuffle due to the resignation of Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and the retirement of Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus, Ellis became Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth. She remained as Minister for Sport.

Ellis was re-elected to the seat of Adelaide at the 2010 federal election.[4] Ellis became the Minister for Employment Participation and Early Childhood and Childcare and the Minister for the Status of Women in the Gillard Government on 14 September 2010.[5]

Following a Ministerial reshuffle by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 1 March 2012, Ellis remained the Minister for Employment Participation and Early Childhood and Childcare. After Kevin Rudd assumed the Prime Ministership on 28 June, she was selected to become the new Minister for Youth until the defeat of the Rudd Government in September 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Ellis is married to News Limited journalist David Penberthy, a former editor of Sydney's Daily Telegraph and current editor of Adelaide's Sunday Mail. [6] Ellis supports the Adelaide Football Club and was named as a club ambassador in 2009.[7][8] In 2011, she joined tennis star Lleyton Hewitt as the club's number-one ticket holder, becoming the first woman so honoured.[9] She is also a Club Ambassador for the SANFL team the Glenelg Tigers.[10]

Ellis' public image has been the subject of media attention since her entry into public life. In October 2008, she was voted Parliament's "sexiest" MP in a poll of federal MPs conducted by The Courier-Mail newspaper.[11] In April 2010, she modelled a Karen Millen dress and Gucci high-heels for Grazia magazine.[12] She agreed to do the shoot to raise awareness of poor body image and in order to encourage fashion magazines to promote healthy attitudes toward weight and eating.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ALP webpage for Kate Ellis http://www.kateellis.com.au/about-kate/
  2. ^ Article in Adelaide Advertiser 30 November 2007 by Chris Kenny, Canberra political editor
  3. ^ "Rudd and the Sisters Ministry". Melbourne: The Age. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  4. ^ Owen, Michael (23 August 2010). "Gillard 'lunacy' cops serve from Vanstone". The Australian. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Gillard ministry". The Age. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.news.com.au/national/federal-childcare-minister-kate-ellis-and-news-limited-editor-david-penberthy-engaged-to-marry/story-fndo4dzn-1226515341911
  7. ^ "2009 Season Guide out now". afc.com.au. Adelaide Football Club. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "About Kate". Kate Ellis. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Kate Ellis joins Crows" (Press release). Adelaide Football Club. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Club Ambassadors". Glenelg Football Club. undated. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Lewis, Steve (31 October 2008). "Kate Ellis voted Australia's sexiest politician". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "Kate Ellis: 'I'm horrified by how we see ourselves'". Grazia (Australian edition, issue 85). 19 April 2010. pp. 20–21. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ Harvey, Claire (4 April 2010). "Ellis digs her high heels in". The Sunday Telegraph. p. 28. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Trish Worth
Member for Adelaide
2004–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
George Brandis (sport)
Minister for Youth and Sport
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Kate Elllis
Preceded by
Kate Elllis
Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Peter Garrett
Preceded by
Kate Elllis
Minister for Sport
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Mark Arbib
Preceded by
Tanya Plibersek
Minister for the Status of Women
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Julie Collins
Preceded by
Mark Arbib
Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Eric Abetz