Lara Giddings

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Lara Giddings
Lara Giddings.jpg
Giddings in 2013
44th Premier of Tasmania
Elections: 2014
In office
24 January 2011 – 31 March 2014
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorPeter Underwood
DeputyBryan Green
Preceded byDavid Bartlett
Succeeded byWill Hodgman
Deputy Premier of Tasmania
In office
26 May 2008 – 24 January 2011
PremierDavid Bartlett
Preceded byDavid Bartlett
Succeeded byBryan Green
Treasurer of Tasmania
In office
6 December 2010 – 31 March 2014
PremierDavid Bartlett
Preceded byMichael Aird
Succeeded byPeter Gutwein
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Franklin
In office
20 July 2002 – 3 March 2018
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Lyons
In office
24 February 1996 – 29 August 1998
Personal details
Larissa Tahireh Giddings

(1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 49)
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Political partyLabor
Domestic partnerIan Magill
Children1, plus 4 stepchildren
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania

Larissa Tahireh "Lara" Giddings (born 14 November 1972) is a former Australian politician who was the 44th Premier of Tasmania from 24 January 2011 until 31 March 2014, the first woman to hold the position. Born in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, she was a Labor Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin from 2002 to 2018, and was the party's leader during her period as premier, replaced by Bryan Green after her government's defeat at the 2014 state election.[1] Giddings came from the Labor Left faction. As of 2022, she remains the most recent premier of Tasmania from the Labor Party.[2]

Early years[edit]

Giddings was born on 14 November 1972 in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. As an adolescent, Giddings was educated at Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) in Melbourne as a boarder. At age 18, she joined the Australian Labor Party.[3]

Giddings obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Tasmania.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Giddings was first elected to parliament in the 1996 election in the electorate of Lyons but was defeated at the 1998 election. Elected at the age of 23 years she was the youngest woman elected to an Australian Parliament.[4]

After losing her seat in 1998, she went on to work in the Australian Senate as Whip's Clerk for Senator Kerry O'Brien[citation needed], before travelling to Britain for a year at the end of 1999, where she did some temporary administrative work in London, and later worked as a Parliamentary research officer for the Member for Dunfermline East, Helen Eadie, in the Scottish Parliament.[3]

Lara returned to Tasmania at the end of 2000 to work for the Tasmanian Premier (Jim Bacon) as a speech writer and media assistant[citation needed]and then as an electorate officer for the Hon. Fran Bladel, Member for Franklin in the State Parliament.

Giddings was elected one of the five members for the Tasmanian House of Assembly Division of Franklin in the 2002 Tasmanian election for the Labor Party. From 2004 to 2006, she was Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts in the Labor government under Paul Lennon. Following the 2006 election, she became Minister for Health and Human Services.[5] Shortly after the election, the State Government decided to proceed with building a replacement for the Royal Hobart Hospital and the significant task of planning the replacement came under Giddings' portfolio. In April 2007, she came under criticism for the poor conditions in the Emergency Department and blamed the federal government for under-funding.

On 26 May 2008, Lennon resigned from the premiership, and Deputy Premier, David Bartlett was elected party leader and became Premier, while Giddings was elected Deputy Leader and became Deputy Premier,[6] becoming the second woman in Tasmanian history to hold the position.[7]

On 23 January 2011, Bartlett stepped down as Premier of Tasmania, and stated that "Lara Giddings will be an outstanding Premier and will have my full support". The following day, the State Parliamentary Labor Party unanimously elected Giddings party leader, also becoming Premier. She was the first female Premier of Tasmania[8][9] until her government's defeat on 15 March 2014.[10] Following her government's defeat, Giddings opted to return to the backbench, the first defeated Premier to do so since Harry Holgate in 1982. Her deputy, Bryan Green, succeeded her as Tasmanian Labor leader.

On 14 May 2017, Giddings announced that she would be retiring from politics at the next Tasmanian state election.[11]

After politics[edit]

In March 2019, Giddings became chief executive of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).[12]

Private life[edit]

In 2011, Giddings stated that pursuit of her political career meant that she may never have children.[13][14] In September 2017, Giddings announced she was pregnant at the age of 44 with the help of an egg donor.[15] In January 2018, she gave birth to a baby girl with partner Ian Magill.[16] This partnership consequently made her a step-mother of another four children from previous relationships.[17]


Giddings' official portrait was unveiled at Parliament House in Hobart in 2016.[18]

On 16 August 2017, she was granted the use of the title "The Honourable" for life.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lara Giddings, first female to lead Tasmania, to quit politics". ABC News. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ Denholm, Matthew (25 January 2011). "Leftist Lara Giddings still looking for Mr Right". news article. Retrieved 20 November 2018 – via The Australian.
  3. ^ a b Denholm, Matthew (21 January 2012). "Lara Giddings and the choice that may lead to her downfall as Tasmanian premier". feature article. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. ^ Smith, Matt (7 January 2015). "Labor Party dismisses rumours former premier Lara Giddings is leaving Parliament". news article. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Larissa Tahireh (Lara) Giddings". Members of the Parliament of Tasmania. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  6. ^ Neales, Sue; Worley, Mark; Matthews, Craig (26 May 2008). "Bartlett, Giddings new leaders". The Mercury. Hobart. Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  7. ^ Burgess, Julian (14 March 2012). "Giddings is first female premier". The Examiner. Tasmania. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Bartlett confirms resignation on Facebook". ABC News. Australia. 23 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Tasmanian premier to resign". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 23 January 2011.
  10. ^ Atherton, Ben (15 March 2014). "Liberals swept to power in Tasmania, Labor fights to the death in South Australia". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  11. ^ Wisbey, Michelle (14 May 2017). "Giddings to leave politics". The Examiner.
  12. ^ Maloney, Matt (19 February 2019). "Giddings gets top job with the AMA". The Examiner. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  13. ^ Trinca, Helen (29 January 2011). "Singles bar removed but politics remains". The Australian. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  14. ^ Neales, Sue (23 December 2008). "Giddings: Politics over family". The Mercury. Hobart. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  15. ^ Glaetzer, Sally (22 September 2017). "Lara Giddings' joy as she prepares for a baby with partner Ian Magill". The Mercury. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  16. ^ Wilkins, Kasey (27 January 2018). "Lara Giddings welcomes 'beautiful' baby girl, Natasha Rose". The Examiner. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Subscribe to The Mercury". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  18. ^ Richards, Blair (26 August 2016). "Official portrait of former Labor Premier Lara Giddings unveiled in State Parliament". Mercury. Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Members of Tasmanian Parliament who have been granted the right to use the title 'Honourable' for life". Tasmanian Parliamentary Library. Parliament of Tasmania. Retrieved 20 January 2018.

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Tasmanian House of Assembly
Preceded by Member for Lyons
Served alongside: Rene Hidding
David Llewellyn
Michael Polley
Denise Swan
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Paul Harriss (2014–present)
Will Hodgman (2002–present)
Daniel Hulme (2009–2010)
Paul Lennon (2002–2008)
Nick McKim (2002–present)
David O'Byrne (2010–2014)
Jacquie Petrusma (2010–present)
Paula Wriedt (2002–2009)
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