Annastacia Palaszczuk has become a Labor hero in her own right

February 1, 2015 8:10 pm

                          Annastacia Palaszczuk. Photo / Supplied
Once known as a politician’s daughter, Annastacia Palaszczuk has
become a Labor hero in her own right after clawing the party back from
the political wilderness in after just one term.
Palaszczuk,
45, has done almost the unthinkable by leading Labor to the cusp of
victory after it was left with seven seats in the state’s 89-seat
Parliament in 2012.
The Labor leader was born in 1969 in Durack, in southwestern Brisbane.
Henry
Palaszczuk, who was succeeded in the Inala electorate by his daughter
in 2006, on election night spoke of her tenacity, saying she was
probably the only person who thought Labor could be in a position to
win.
“To achieve the result that she did achieve is a real credit
to her,” he said proudly. “She was relentless, she was determined, she
formulated policies.”
Palaszczuk became Opposition leader in 2012
after being just one of three people left in Labor’s team with previous
ministerial experience.

In her 20s, Palaszczuk completed degrees in arts and law from
the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts from the London School of
Economics, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Australian
National University. She was a policy adviser to several Labor ministers
before entering Parliament in 2006.
Focus will now be on her
ability to lead a government on the back of Labor’s modest election
promises and lack of a serious alternative plan.
Labor pledged
A$1.6 billion compared with about A$6 billion from the Liberal National
Party and delayed the release of several key policy announcements,
including an infrastructure plan.
Palaszczuk has pledged to lead a
“consensus government” and has set up several taskforces to help
develop policy or decide spending.

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