Leeanne Enoch

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Leeanne Enoch

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Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy
of Queensland
Assumed office
16 February 2015
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byIan Walker
Minister for Small Business
of Queensland
Assumed office
8 December 2015
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byKate Jones
Minister for Housing and Public Works
of Queensland
In office
16 February 2015 – 8 December 2015
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byTim Mander
Succeeded byMick de Brenni
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Algester
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Preceded byAnthony Shorten
Personal details
Political partyLabor
Alma materGriffith University
University of East London
OccupationTeacher

Leeanne Margaret Enoch is an Australian politician. She has been the Labor Party member for Algester in the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2015.[1] Following the election, Enoch was elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation in the Palaszczuk Ministry.[2] Enoch is now the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts.[3]

Enoch is an Indigenous Australian of the Quandamooka people of North Stradbroke Island, and is the first indigenous woman elected to the Queensland Parliament. She was followed in 2017 by Cynthia Lui, the first Torres Strait Islander to be elected to any parliament.[4][5] Leeanne Enoch is the sister of playwright Wesley Enoch who is the eldest of three brothers.[6]

Early life[edit]

Enoch was born the oldest of four, and became the first member of her family to graduate from university.

Career[edit]

Enoch previously worked as a high school English and drama teacher in schools across South-East Queensland and East London, later becoming a manager of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy in the State Education Department.[5] Upon her election to the Queensland Parliament in 2015, Enoch became a first term Cabinet minister, and is the Chair of the Advance Queensland Expert Panel.[7]

List of portfolios[edit]

Enoch has held the following portfolios since her election:[3]

  • Minister for Housing and Public Works, from 16 February 2015 to 8 December 2015
  • Minister for Science and Innovation, from 16 February 2015 to 8 December 2015
  • Minister for Science, Innovation and the Digital Economy, from 8 December 2015 to 11 December 2017
  • Minister for Small Business, from 8 December 2015 to 11 December 2017
  • Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, since 12 December 2017
  • Minister for Science, since 12 December 2017
  • Minister for the Arts, since 12 December 2017

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Antony. "Algester". Queensland Election 2015. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Queensland's new Labor Cabinet sworn in at Government House". Australian Broadcasting Corporation 16 February 2015. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Hon Leeanne Enoch". Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ Higgins, Isabella (29 November 2017). "New Torres Strait Islander MP Cynthia Lui aims to inspire next generation of Indigenous politicians". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Labor's Leeanne Enoch to become one of two Indigenous MPs". ABC News. 31 January 2015. Archived from the original on 12 October 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Two of us: Leeanne and Wesley Enoch". The Age. 7 March 2015. Archived from the original on 13 June 2015.
  7. ^ Cabinet, The State of Queensland; Department of the Premier and Cabinet. "Advance Queensland Business Development Fund test". Advance Queensland. Archived from the original on 6 July 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Anthony Shorten
Member for Algester
2015–present
Incumbent