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|44th Premier of Tasmania|
24 January 2011 – 31 March 2014
|Preceded by||David Bartlett|
|Succeeded by||Will Hodgman|
|Deputy Premier of Tasmania|
26 May 2008 – 24 January 2011
|Preceded by||David Bartlett|
|Succeeded by||Bryan Green|
|Treasurer of Tasmania|
6 December 2010 – 31 March 2014
|Preceded by||Michael Aird|
|Succeeded by||Peter Gutwein|
|Member of the Tasmanian Parliament|
20 July 2002 – 3 March 2018
|Member of the Tasmanian Parliament|
24 February 1996 – 29 August 1998
Larissa Tahireh Giddings
14 November 1972
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
|Political party||Labor Party|
|Domestic partner||Ian Magill|
|Alma mater||University 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. Giddings came from the Labor Left faction.
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. Giddings studied a Bachelor of law and arts at University of Tasmania, and graduated in 1998. By the time she was already elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Lyons, making her the youngest ever elected to a State Parliament in Australia.
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.
Giddings obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Tasmania and went on to work in the Australian Senate as Whip's Clerk, then an electorate officer with Senator Sue Mackay. She travelled to Britain, 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. Until her return to parliament in 2002, she worked for the Tasmanian Premier as a speech writer and media assistant.
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. 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 the leadership of the State Labor Party and premiership, and Deputy Premier, David Bartlett was elected party leader and became Premier, while Giddings was elected Deputy Leader and became Deputy Premier, becoming the second woman in Tasmanian history to hold the position.
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". On 24 January, the State Parliamentary Labor Party unanimously elected Giddings party leader, also becoming Premier. She was the first female Premier of Tasmania until her government's defeat on 15 March 2014. 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.
In 2011, Giddings stated that pursuit of her political career meant that she may never have children. In September 2017, Giddings announced she was pregnant at the age of 44 with the help of an egg donor. In January 2019, she gave birth to a baby by the name of Natasha Rose with partner Ian Magill.
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- "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.
- Lara Giddings – Parliamentary library profile
- Lara Giddings official website
- Lara Giddings – Labor party profile
- Lara Giddings' inaugural speech to parliament
- Giddings, Larissa (Lara) Tahireh in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia