|Minister for the Environment, Resource Management and Climate Change of Queensland|
28 March 2009 – 20 June 2011
|Preceded by||Andrew McNamara|
|Succeeded by||Vicky Darling|
|Member of the Queensland Parliament for Ashgrove|
9 September 2007 – 24 March 2012
|Preceded by||Jim Fouras|
|Succeeded by||Campbell Newman|
10 April 1979 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Cronin (2009-present)|
Kate Jennifer Jones (born 10 April 1979) is a former Australian politician and Queensland Government minister. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party and was elected in the seat of state electorate of Ashgrove in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in 2006 which was previously held by former Speaker Jim Fouras (ALP). She was the Minister for Environment, Resource Management and Climate Change until 19 June 2011.
Jones was the youngest woman in the Queensland Parliament and the youngest Minister in the Queensland Government.
Education and community involvement
Jones attended Kelvin Grove State High School in Kelvin Grove. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism at the Queensland University of Technology while working part-time at The Gap Markets. She is completing her Masters in Environmental Law through the Australian National University.
Jones is a member of the Ashgrove Historical Society, Ashgrove Climate Change Action Group and sits on the management committee of the Enoggera Respite Centre. She is also a member of The Fred Hollows Foundation and World Vision.
Before entering Parliament, Jones worked as a Senior Media Adviser to Queensland Minister for Public Works, Housing and Racing Robert Schwarten and as Media Adviser to former Queensland Treasurer David Hamill.
Jones was elected to state Parliament for the seat of Ashgrove at the 2006 general election to succeed Jim Fouras, who had served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly during the 1990s. After retaining her seat in the 2009 election, she was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability in the new Bligh cabinet, replacing Andrew McNamara.
Kate Jones is married to Paul Cronin (former chief media adviser to Queensland Premiers Anna Bligh and Peter Beattie, and who now heads media relations at Queensland Rail). They have a son, Thomas Anthony Cronin, who was born in 2010.
Jones did not fly Labor's colours; in a tactic copied from Kevin Rudd, Labor's red-and-blue logo has vanished, replaced by Jones's lolly-pink campaign colours. Jones had her supporters wearing pink t-shirts with the words Keep Kate.
At that election, Jones was soundly defeated, suffering a 13 percent swing as part of the LNP's massive victory. Newman became Premier.
- Kate Jones, Queensland's new climate change minister — "The Courier-Mail"
- Bligh unveils new ministry
- Power to the Labor Women
- Comings and goings in the Queensland Cabinet
- Bligh Cabinet gets womens' touch
- Eight new faces in Cabinet clean-out, pages 4-5, "The Courier-Mail", Wednesday, 25 March 2009
- A bright green future — The Courier-Mail, June 5, 2009
- Climate Change Minister gives birth to a boy — The Courier-Mail
|Parliament of Queensland|
|Member for Ashgrove
|Minister for the Environment, Resource Management and Climate Change