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Lara Giddings

Lara Giddings

There are many surprises about Lara Giddings. Although she has a strong Tasmanian heritage, she was born in Papua New Guinea and lived there for much of her childhood.
 
Politics was always in her blood but her interest was sparked at the age of 3, following the dismissal of the Whitlam Government.
 
After her secondary education Lara moved to Tasmania to complete Arts and Law degrees at the University of Tasmania.
In 1996 she was elected as a Member for Lyons and at 23 became the youngest woman ever elected to a State Parliament in Australia.
 
Lara lost her seat at the 1998 State election, but was returned as a Member for Franklin in 2002.
 
She didn’t waste her time away from politics, working as the opposition Whip’s clerk in the Senate, and as an adviser to a member of the Scottish Parliament, to former Premier, Jim Bacon and to former Member for Franklin, Fran Bladel.
 
Lara became Minister for Economic Development and the Arts in 2004, driving innovation and helping to build strong economic foundations for the State.
She led work with Tasmania’s trading partners and played a key role in promoting the interests of Tasmanian businesses in the international marketplace.
 
Lara was re-elected with an increased margin in 2006. Following the election she was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services.

In 2008, she became only the second woman in Tasmanian history to be appointed Deputy Premier and the second woman to be appointed Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, while maintaining her Health portfolio.

Her appointment along with that of David Bartlett as Premier marks a significant generational shift in Tasmanian politics.

Lara has a passion for the Attorney-General, Justice and Health portfolios and a sense of responsibility to ensure that all Tasmanians have access to a fair justice system and services that improve their health and wellbeing. She cares for and about the people she represents through the political process.
 
“There are lots of challenges in health and we need to change now if we are to respond to the pressures we’ll face in the future, as there is in building trust in our democratic institutions through the Government’s new ten point ethics plan.”
 
“The bottom line is that in all areas of Government we need change and new ideas for the future.

“That approach is reflected in the reform programs I’m progressing in health and did so during my time as Minister for Human Services, in children and family services, as well as in housing and disability services.

“Tasmania’s economic position is stronger than ever before. We need to take the opportunity represented by this strength to ensure better health care, protection and support for Tasmanians in need, in the future.”

“We are living in exciting and changing times. I relish the chance to help lead a new Government team that is full of freshideas for tackling the challenges we face and will make the most of the opportunities our State has earned.”

 

Contact Details 

Executive Building Level 10,
15 Murray Street
HOBART
7000

Ph: 6233 6752
Fax: 6233 2806

lara.giddings@dhhs.tas.gov.au