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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

The Hon. Andrew Barr MLA

Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory

BIO: As a social progressive and economic reformer, Andrew has led a positive agenda for Canberra since being elected ACT Chief Minister in 2014.

During Andrew’s time as ACT Chief Minister, Canberra has been ranked by the OECD as the best city in the world to live and by Lonely Planet as one of the best cities in the world to visit.

Andrew has lived in Canberra for more than forty years and attended Holt Preschool, Turner Primary, Lyneham High and Lake Ginninderra College before studying a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) at the Australian National University majoring in economics and political science.

He was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2006 and has served in a number of Ministerial portfolios including planning, education, housing, community services and sport. He is Australia’s longest-serving Tourism Minister and is also the ACT Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development.

Andrew is passionate about supporting Canberra’s diverse community. Through a range of innovative policies, he has helped shape Canberra to become Australia’s most inclusive city and the most LGBTIQ-friendly city in the country.

The Barr Labor Government is focused on creating a positive, progressive city that provides world-class healthcare, excellent schools and tertiary education, infrastructure and services that meets the community’s needs and expectations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

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The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP

Premier, New South Wales

BIO: Gladys Berejiklian was first elected to the NSW Parliament as Member for Willoughby on 22 March 2003.

She was elected Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party on 23 January 2017 and sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales. Gladys had previously served as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird Government since April 2015.

Prior to that, she was appointed Minister for Transport following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011 and served in that role for four years.

She was born in Sydney to Armenian immigrant parents, and has a Master of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales. Prior to entering Parliament, Gladys worked as a General Manager for Commonwealth Bank, one of Australia’s largest financial institutions. Gladys has also completed studies in Government and Public Administration (B.A., Univ. of Sydney).

Gladys lives in Willoughby, NSW, on the north shore of Sydney, and has had a life-long association with the local area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

The Hon. Michael Gunner MLA

Chief Minister, Northern Territory

BIO: Mr. Gunner was first elected to the Northern Territory Parliament in August 2008. Mr Gunner

was elected Chief Minister in August 2016. He holds the portfolios of Aboriginal Affairs; Northern

Australia; Police, Fire & Emergency Services; and Trade, Business and Innovation.

 

Mr. Gunner previously worked as a senior government ministerial and policy adviser between

2001 and 2008 to former Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin, and as a Member of the

Legislative Assembly has served on the Public Accounts Committee.

 

Mr. Gunner was born on 6 January 1976 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and after completing

his schooling across the Northern Territory, undertook a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Northern

Territory University, now called the Charles Darwin University.

 

Mr. Gunner is a fourth generation Territorian whose family have lived and worked in Australia’s

Northern Territory since the 1930’s. Mr Gunner’s personal values were shaped growing up in a

family that earned its living from small businesses, including agriculture and mining.

Like many Territorians Michael loves his sport, particularly rugby union, cricket and hockey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUEENSLAND

The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Premier, Queensland

BIO: Annastacia Palaszczuk is the first Australian woman to win two elections as a State Premier. She was sworn in for a second term as Premier of Queensland on 12 December 2017 following the state election on 25 November.

Ms. Palaszczuk led her Party to victory at elections in January 2015. She had served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party following the March 2012 state election.

Prior to the March 2012 election, she served as Minister for Transport (2011 to 2012) and Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs (2009 to 2011).

She has represented the Inala electorate, in south-west Brisbane, in the Queensland Parliament since September 2006.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Hons) from the University of London, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Ms. Palaszczuk was the recipient of a British Council Chevening Scholarship enabling her to study for a year in London at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the London School of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VICTORIA

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The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP

Premier, Victoria

BIO: The Hon. Daniel Andrews is the 48th Premier of Victoria, a position he has held since December 2014.

 

Daniel entered the Victorian Parliament in 2002 as the Member for Mulgrave, representing families in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.

 

He was appointed to the Cabinet in 2006, as Minister for Consumer Affairs and Gaming, and as Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. In 2007, he became Minister for Health.

 

In December 2010, Daniel became Leader of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party.

 

Amongst his proudest achievements, Daniel cites the establishment of the Mulgrave Community Centre, Victoria's landmark Cancer Action Plan and the state’s first Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

 

Daniel grew up in regional Victoria and completed secondary school in Wangaratta. He went on to attend Monash University in Melbourne, completing his Bachelor of Arts.

 

Daniel met his wife Catherine at Monash University’s Mannix College. They married in 1998 and they live in Mulgrave with their three children, Noah, Grace and Joseph. While a family man first, Daniel is also interested in history and is a self-described golf tragic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Mark McGowan

The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA

Premier, Western Australia

BIO: Premier Mark McGowan was elected Leader of the Opposition on 23 January 2012 and chose to retain responsibility for the portfolios of Regional Development, Economic Reform and Public Sector Management. In the 2017 State Election, WA Labor won 41 Legislative Assembly seats and Mark became the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

 Mark studied arts and law at the University of Queensland and began his career in public service in the Royal Australian Navy, going on to serve as a Lieutenant at the naval base HMAS Stirling in Western Australia. Mark is still a member of the Navy Reserves and was awarded the Governor General's Commendation for Bravery for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car.

When Mark first moved West, he was struck by the magnificent climate, the unique natural environment and the opportunity that Western Australia provided to its people. He was determined to give something back to the home that had given him so much. This led to his work in local and state government.

Mark was the Deputy Mayor of Rockingham before winning the State seat of Rockingham in December 1996. In the years since his election to the Western Australian Parliament, Mark has held many senior portfolios in both Government and Opposition. In recent years, Mark has served as Manager of Opposition Business, as well as Shadow Minister for State Development; and Planning and Housing.

Mark and his wife Sarah and their three young children - Samuel, Alexander and Amelia - live in the Rockingham community, south of Perth.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

The Hon. Andrew Barr MLA

Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory

BIO: As a social progressive and economic reformer, Andrew has led a positive agenda for Canberra since being elected ACT Chief Minister in 2014.

During Andrew’s time as ACT Chief Minister, Canberra has been ranked by the OECD as the best city in the world to live and by Lonely Planet as one of the best cities in the world to visit.

Andrew has lived in Canberra for more than forty years and attended Holt Preschool, Turner Primary, Lyneham High and Lake Ginninderra College before studying a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) at the Australian National University majoring in economics and political science.

He was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2006 and has served in a number of Ministerial portfolios including planning, education, housing, community services and sport. He is Australia’s longest-serving Tourism Minister and is also the ACT Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development.

Andrew is passionate about supporting Canberra’s diverse community. Through a range of innovative policies, he has helped shape Canberra to become Australia’s most inclusive city and the most LGBTIQ-friendly city in the country.

The Barr Labor Government is focused on creating a positive, progressive city that provides world-class healthcare, excellent schools and tertiary education, infrastructure and services that meets the community’s needs and expectations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

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The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP

Premier, New South Wales

BIO: Gladys Berejiklian was first elected to the NSW Parliament as Member for Willoughby on 22 March 2003.

She was elected Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party on 23 January 2017 and sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales. Gladys had previously served as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird Government since April 2015.

Prior to that, she was appointed Minister for Transport following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011 and served in that role for four years.

She was born in Sydney to Armenian immigrant parents, and has a Master of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales. Prior to entering Parliament, Gladys worked as a General Manager for Commonwealth Bank, one of Australia’s largest financial institutions. Gladys has also completed studies in Government and Public Administration (B.A., Univ. of Sydney).

Gladys lives in Willoughby, NSW, on the north shore of Sydney, and has had a life-long association with the local area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

The Hon. Michael Gunner MLA

Chief Minister, Northern Territory

BIO: Mr. Gunner was first elected to the Northern Territory Parliament in August 2008. Mr Gunner

was elected Chief Minister in August 2016. He holds the portfolios of Aboriginal Affairs; Northern

Australia; Police, Fire & Emergency Services; and Trade, Business and Innovation.

 

Mr. Gunner previously worked as a senior government ministerial and policy adviser between

2001 and 2008 to former Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin, and as a Member of the

Legislative Assembly has served on the Public Accounts Committee.

 

Mr. Gunner was born on 6 January 1976 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and after completing

his schooling across the Northern Territory, undertook a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Northern

Territory University, now called the Charles Darwin University.

 

Mr. Gunner is a fourth generation Territorian whose family have lived and worked in Australia’s

Northern Territory since the 1930’s. Mr Gunner’s personal values were shaped growing up in a

family that earned its living from small businesses, including agriculture and mining.

Like many Territorians Michael loves his sport, particularly rugby union, cricket and hockey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUEENSLAND

The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Premier, Queensland

BIO: Annastacia Palaszczuk is the first Australian woman to win two elections as a State Premier. She was sworn in for a second term as Premier of Queensland on 12 December 2017 following the state election on 25 November.

Ms. Palaszczuk led her Party to victory at elections in January 2015. She had served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party following the March 2012 state election.

Prior to the March 2012 election, she served as Minister for Transport (2011 to 2012) and Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs (2009 to 2011).

She has represented the Inala electorate, in south-west Brisbane, in the Queensland Parliament since September 2006.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Hons) from the University of London, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Ms. Palaszczuk was the recipient of a British Council Chevening Scholarship enabling her to study for a year in London at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the London School of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VICTORIA

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The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP

Premier, Victoria

BIO: The Hon. Daniel Andrews is the 48th Premier of Victoria, a position he has held since December 2014.

 

Daniel entered the Victorian Parliament in 2002 as the Member for Mulgrave, representing families in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.

 

He was appointed to the Cabinet in 2006, as Minister for Consumer Affairs and Gaming, and as Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. In 2007, he became Minister for Health.

 

In December 2010, Daniel became Leader of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party.

 

Amongst his proudest achievements, Daniel cites the establishment of the Mulgrave Community Centre, Victoria's landmark Cancer Action Plan and the state’s first Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

 

Daniel grew up in regional Victoria and completed secondary school in Wangaratta. He went on to attend Monash University in Melbourne, completing his Bachelor of Arts.

 

Daniel met his wife Catherine at Monash University’s Mannix College. They married in 1998 and they live in Mulgrave with their three children, Noah, Grace and Joseph. While a family man first, Daniel is also interested in history and is a self-described golf tragic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Mark McGowan

The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA

Premier, Western Australia

BIO: Premier Mark McGowan was elected Leader of the Opposition on 23 January 2012 and chose to retain responsibility for the portfolios of Regional Development, Economic Reform and Public Sector Management. In the 2017 State Election, WA Labor won 41 Legislative Assembly seats and Mark became the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

 Mark studied arts and law at the University of Queensland and began his career in public service in the Royal Australian Navy, going on to serve as a Lieutenant at the naval base HMAS Stirling in Western Australia. Mark is still a member of the Navy Reserves and was awarded the Governor General's Commendation for Bravery for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car.

When Mark first moved West, he was struck by the magnificent climate, the unique natural environment and the opportunity that Western Australia provided to its people. He was determined to give something back to the home that had given him so much. This led to his work in local and state government.

Mark was the Deputy Mayor of Rockingham before winning the State seat of Rockingham in December 1996. In the years since his election to the Western Australian Parliament, Mark has held many senior portfolios in both Government and Opposition. In recent years, Mark has served as Manager of Opposition Business, as well as Shadow Minister for State Development; and Planning and Housing.

Mark and his wife Sarah and their three young children - Samuel, Alexander and Amelia - live in the Rockingham community, south of Perth.