Grace Grace

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The Honourable
Grace Grace
MP
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Minister for Racing
of Queensland
Assumed office
7 December 2015
Preceded by Bill Byrne
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
of Queensland
Assumed office
7 December 2015
Preceded by Shannon Fentiman
Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations
of Queensland
Assumed office
7 December 2015
Preceded by Curtis Pitt
Deputy Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
In office
24 March 2015 – 7 December 2015
Preceded by Mark Robinson
Succeeded by Position Vacant
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Brisbane Central
In office
13 October 2007 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Peter Beattie
Succeeded by Robert Cavallucci
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Preceded by Robert Cavallucci
Personal details
Born Ignazia Graziella Farfaglia
(1958-08-12) 12 August 1958 (age 58)
Brisbane, Queensland
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Michael Grace

Ignazia Graziella Grace, usually known as Grace Grace (born 12 August 1958) is an Australian politician who represents the electoral district of Brisbane Central in the Queensland Legislative Assembly. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party.

She was born Ignazia Graziella Farfaglia[1] 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.[2] "Grace" is an Anglicised version of "Graziella" and also her husband's surname.

Grace was elected to the Legislative Assembly at the 2007 Brisbane Central 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. She regained her seat in the 2015 Queensland state election. She was elected Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, under Peter Wellington, and was given three Ministerial portfolios in a cabinet reshuffle on 7 December 2015.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Union rules with the ALP, The Courier-Mail, 6 October 2007.
  2. ^ Notable unionist tipped for seat, The Australian, 12 September 2007.
  3. ^ Agius, Kim. "Queensland Cabinet reshuffle: Who's going where?". ABC News. ABC News. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Peter Beattie
Member for Brisbane Central
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Robert Cavallucci
Preceded by
Robert Cavallucci
Member for Brisbane Central
2015–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mark Robinson
Deputy Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
2015–present