Rachel Nolan

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The Hon
Rachel Nolan
Queensland Australia Transport Minister Rachel Nolan.jpg
Rachel Nolan addresses a public meeting in September 2010
Minister for Finance and The Arts of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Office created (Finance) Anna Bligh (Arts)
Succeeded by Tim Nicholls (Finance) Ros Bates (Arts)
Minister for Natural Resources of Queensland
In office
22 June 2011 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Kate Jones
Succeeded by Andrew Cripps
Minister for Transport of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Paul Lucas
Succeeded by Annastacia Palaszczuk
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Ipswich
In office
17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by David Hamill
Succeeded by Ian Berry
Personal details
Born Rachel Genevieve Nolan
(1974-03-13) 13 March 1974 (age 43)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Political advisor

Rachel Genevieve Nolan (born 1974) is an Australian politician. She was elected as the state member for Ipswich on 17 February 2001. At the time she was Queensland's youngest ever female MP.[1] She held the seat until 26 March 2012.

Nolan was educated at the Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, in Ipswich, Queensland. Prior to entering Parliament she worked as a political adviser to the Northern Territory's then Leader of the Opposition and the Queensland Labor Government.

In October 2006 Nolan was recognised as the University of Queensland's Young Alumnus of the Year.[2]

Anna Bligh appointed Nolan Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communities, Disability Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships, Multicultural Affairs, Seniors and Youth (Lindy Nelson-Carr) in her first Ministry. Following the March 2009 state election, she was promoted to Minister for Transport. Then, in the February 2011 reshuffle, she was given the new post of Minister of Finance and received Bligh's Arts portfolio as well. When Kate Jones resigned from Cabinet to concentrate on defending her seat of Ashgrove against LNP leader Campbell Newman, Nolan was assigned the additional brief of National Resources.


Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
David Hamill
Member for Ipswich
Succeeded by
Ian Berry
Political offices
Preceded by
John Mickel
Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
Annastacia Palaszczuk
New ministry Minister for Finance
Succeeded by
Tim Nicholls
Preceded by
Anna Bligh
Minister for the Arts
Succeeded by
Ros Bates
Preceded by
Kate Jones
as Resource Management
Minister for Natural Resources
Succeeded by
Andrew Crips