Rachel Nolan

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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
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byOffice created (Finance) Anna Bligh (Arts)
Succeeded byTim Nicholls (Finance) Ros Bates (Arts)
Minister for Natural Resources of Queensland
In office
22 June 2011 – 26 March 2012
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byKate Jones
Succeeded byAndrew Cripps
Minister for Transport of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byPaul Lucas
Succeeded byAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Ipswich
In office
17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012
Preceded byDavid Hamill
Succeeded byIan Berry
Personal details
Rachel Genevieve Nolan

(1974-03-13) 13 March 1974 (age 48)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLabor
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
OccupationPolitical advisor

Rachel Genevieve Nolan (born 1974) is a former 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.

Nolan was defeated in the 2012 Queensland Government election by liberal candidate for Ipswich, Ian Berry.


  1. ^ "Rachel Nolan". The Brisbane Institute. Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
  2. ^ Glaister, Shirley (24 October 2006). "Dr Nick Earls, Rachel Nolan: UQ's Alumnus and Young Alumnus of the Year". UQ News Online. The University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 6 September 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by Member for Ipswich
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
New ministry Minister for Finance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for the Arts
Succeeded by
Preceded byas Resource Management Minister for Natural Resources
Succeeded by