Women in the Queensland Legislative Assembly

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There have been 72 women in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland since its establishment in 1860. Women have had the right to vote in the Assembly since 1905 and the right to stand as candidates since 1915.

The first successful female candidate for the Legislative Assembly was Irene Longman, who was elected as the member for Bulimba in 1929 representing the Country and Progressive National Party. She was defeated in 1932, and women were not represented again until 1966, when Labor's Vi Jordan won the seat of Ipswich West. Although Jordan was defeated in 1974, that year also saw two more women, Vicky Kippin of the National Country Party and Rosemary Kyburz of the Liberal Party, enter parliament. Since then women have been continuously represented in the Assembly.

The first female minister was Yvonne Chapman in 1986. The first non-major party woman, independent Liz Cunningham, was elected as the member for Gladstone in 1995. Since then, three other women, Dorothy Pratt, Rosa Lee Long and Elisa Roberts, have won seats for non-major parties. All were originally elected for One Nation, although Pratt and Roberts subsequently retained their seats as independents.

Anna Bligh was the first woman to become Premier, succeeding Peter Beattie in 2007. In 2009 she became the first woman in Australia to win an election as Premier.

List of women in the Queensland Legislative Assembly[edit]

Names in bold indicate women who have been appointed as Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries during their time in Parliament. Names in italics indicate women who were first elected at a by-election.

Name Party Electoral Division Period of service
Irene Longman Progressive Nationalist Bulimba 11 May 1929 – 11 June 1932 (defeated)
Vi Jordan Labor Ipswich West 28 May 1966 – 7 December 1974 (defeated)
Vicky Kippin National Mourilyan 7 December 1974 – 29 November 1980 (defeated)
Rosemary Kyburz Liberal Salisbury 7 December 1974 – 22 October 1983 (defeated)
Beryce Nelson Liberal/National Aspley 29 November 1980 – 22 October 1983 (resigned)
1 November 1986 – 2 December 1989 (defeated)
Yvonne Chapman National Pine Rivers 22 October 1983 – 2 December 1989 (defeated)
Anne Warner Labor Kurilpa
South Brisbane
22 October 1983 – 15 July 1995 (retired)
Leisha Harvey National Greenslopes 22 October 1983 – 2 December 1989 (defeated)
Di McCauley National Callide 1 November 1986 – 13 June 1998 (retired)
Judy Gamin National South Coast
Burleigh
28 August 1988 – 2 December 1989 (defeated)
19 September 1992 – 17 February 2001 (defeated)
Lorraine Bird Labor Whitsunday 2 December 1989 – 13 June 1998 (defeated)
Lesley Clark Labor Barron River 2 December 1989 – 15 July 1995 (defeated)
13 June 1998 – 9 September 2006 (retired)
Wendy Edmond Labor Mount Coot-tha 2 December 1989 – 7 February 2004 (retired)
Laurel Power Labor Mansfield 2 December 1989 – 15 July 1995 (defeated)
Molly Robson Labor Springwood 2 December 1989 – 15 July 1995 (defeated)
Judy Spence Labor Mount Gravatt
Sunnybank
2 December 1989 – 24 March 2012 (retired)
Margaret Woodgate Labor Pine Rivers
Kurwongbah
2 December 1989 – 17 March 1997 (resigned)
Joan Sheldon Liberal Landsborough
Caloundra
28 July 1990 – 7 February 2004 (retired)
Merri Rose Labor Currumbin 19 September 1992 – 7 February 2004 (defeated)
Fiona Simpson National/Liberal National Maroochydore 19 September 1992 –
Anna Bligh Labor South Brisbane 15 July 1995 – 30 March 2012 (resigned)
Liz Cunningham Independent Gladstone 15 July 1995 –
Lyn Warwick Liberal Barron River 15 July 1995 – 13 June 1998 (defeated)
Naomi Wilson National Mulgrave 15 July 1995 – 13 June 1998 (defeated)
Linda Lavarch Labor Kurwongbah 24 May 1997 – 20 March 2009 (retired)
Julie Attwood Labor Mount Ommaney 13 June 1998 – 24 March 2012 (retired)
Desley Boyle Labor Cairns 13 June 1998 – 24 March 2012 (retired)
Nita Cunningham Labor Bundaberg 13 June 1998 – 14 August 2006 (retired)
Lindy Nelson-Carr Labor Mundingburra 13 June 1998 – 24 March 2012 (retired)
Dorothy Pratt One Nation/Independent Barambah
Nanango
13 June 1998 – 24 March 2012 (retired)
Karen Struthers Labor Archerfield
Algester
13 June 1998 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Jo-Ann Miller Labor Bundamba 5 February 2000 –
Bonny Barry Labor Aspley 17 February 2001 – 20 March 2009 (defeated)
Liddy Clark Labor Clayfield 17 February 2001 – 9 September 2006 (defeated)
Peta-Kaye Croft Labor Broadwater 17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Jan Jarratt Labor Whitsunday 17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Margaret Keech Labor Albert 17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Rosa Lee Long One Nation Tablelands 17 February 2001 – 20 March 2009 (defeated)
Carolyn Male Labor Glass House
Pine Rivers
17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (retired)
Cate Molloy Labor/Independent Noosa 17 February 2001 – 9 September 2006 (defeated)
Rachel Nolan Labor Ipswich 17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Anita Phillips Labor Thuringowa 17 February 2001 – 7 February 2004 (retired)
Dianne Reilly Labor Mudgeeraba 17 February 2001 – 20 March 2009 (defeated)
Elisa Roberts One Nation/Independent Gympie 17 February 2001 – 9 September 2006 (defeated)
Christine Scott Labor Charters Towers 17 February 2001 – 7 February 2004 (defeated)
Desley Scott Labor Woodridge 17 February 2001 –
Christine Smith Labor Burleigh 17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Barbara Stone Labor Springwood 17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (defeated
Carryn Sullivan Labor Pumicestone 17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Rosemary Menkens National/Liberal National Burdekin 7 February 2004 –
Jann Stuckey Liberal/Liberal National Currumbin 7 February 2004 –
Vicky Darling Labor Sandgate 9 September 2006 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Kate Jones Labor Ashgrove 9 September 2006 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Betty Kiernan Labor Mount Isa 9 September 2006 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Annastacia Palaszczuk Labor Inala 9 September 2006 –
Lillian van Litsenburg Labor Redcliffe 9 September 2006 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Grace Grace Labor Brisbane Central 13 October 2007 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Ros Bates Liberal National Mudgeeraba 21 March 2009 –
Tracy Davis Liberal National Aspley 21 March 2009 –
Di Farmer Labor Bulimba 21 March 2009 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Mandy Johnstone Labor Townsville 21 March 2009 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Mary-Anne O'Neill Labor Kallangur 21 March 2009 – 24 March 2012 (defeated)
Verity Barton Liberal National Broadwater 24 March 2012 –
Lisa France Liberal National Pumicestone 24 March 2012 –
Deb Frecklington Liberal National Nanango 24 March 2012 –
Anne Maddern Liberal National Maryborough 24 March 2012 –
Kerry Millard Liberal National Sandgate 24 March 2012 –
Freya Ostapovitch Liberal National Stretton 24 March 2012 –
Saxon Rice Liberal National Mount Coot-tha 24 March 2012 –
Tarnya Smith Liberal National Mount Ommaney 24 March 2012 –
Jackie Trad Labor South Brisbane 28 April 2012 –
Yvette D'Ath Labor Redcliffe 22 February 2014 –

Timeline[edit]

Yvette D'Ath Jackie Trad Tarnya Smith Saxon Rice Freya Ostapovitch Kerry Millard Anne Maddern Deb Frecklington Lisa France Verity Barton Mary-Anne O'Neill Mandy Johnstone Di Farmer Tracy Davis Ros Bates Grace Grace Lillian van Litsenburg Annastacia Palaszczuk Betty Kiernan Kate Jones Vicky Darling Jann Stuckey Rosemary Menkens Carryn Sullivan Barbara Stone Christine Smith (politician) Desley Scott Christine Scott Elisa Roberts Dianne Reilly Anita Phillips Rachel Nolan Cate Molloy Carolyn Male Rosa Lee Long Margaret Keech Jan Jarratt Peta-Kaye Croft Liddy Clark Bonny Barry Jo-Ann Miller Karen Struthers Dorothy Pratt Lindy Nelson-Carr Nita Cunningham Lesley Clark Desley Boyle Julie Attwood Linda Lavarch Naomi Wilson Lyn Warwick Liz Cunningham Anna Bligh Fiona Simpson Merri Rose Judy Gamin Joan Sheldon Margaret Woodgate Judy Spence Molly Robson Laurel Power Wendy Edmond Lesley Clark Lorraine Bird Judy Gamin Beryce Nelson Di McCauley Anne Warner (politician) Leisha Harvey Yvonne Chapman Beryce Nelson Rosemary Kyburz Vicky Kippin Vi Jordan Irene Longman

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