Queensland’s new Premier, UQ alumnus Annastacia Palaszczuk (Bachelor of Arts – ’89; Bachelor of Laws – ’98) is the fourth consecutive UQ graduate to hold the position.
Four members of her Cabinet are also UQ alumni:
- Stirling Hinchliffe (Bachelor of Arts – ’92) is Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier and has been nominated as Leader of the House.
- Cameron Dick (Bachelor of Commerce – ’87; Bachelor of Laws – ’91; Bachelor of Arts – ’05) is the Minister for Health and for Ambulance Service.
- Dr Steven Miles (Bachelor of Arts – ’01; Doctor of Philosophy – ’11) is Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and for Environment and Heritage Protection.
- Dr Anthony Lynham (Bachelor of Dental Science – ’82) is Minister for State Development and for Natural Resources and Mines.
The University aspires to be a place where present and future leaders meet and learn, and is continuing an honoured tradition of providing exceptional state political leaders.
During her time at UQ, Ms Palaszczuk won the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, a global scholarship program funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom.
She was also a politically active and vocal member of the University’s unions and clubs, and worked as a tutor for the Aboriginal and Island Students Service at UQ.
After graduating, Ms Palaszczuk continued her affiliation with UQ, serving as an Arts Representative for the University and ultimately becoming a member of the UQ Academic Board and the UQ Senate.
Ms Palaszczuk, the member for Inala, follows in the footsteps of Campbell Newman (Master of Business Administration – ’92), Anna Bligh (Bachelor of Arts – ’81; Doctor of Laws – ’10) and Peter Beattie (Bachelor of Arts – ’74; Bachelor of Laws – ’76; Doctor of Science – ’03).
The late Wayne Goss (Bachelor of Laws – ’75; Masters of Business Administration – ’97; Doctor of Economics – ’07) was Premier prior to Rob Borbidge, meaning five of the past six Premiers have been UQ alumni.
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey AC, QC (Bachelor of Arts – ’69; Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – ’72; Doctor of Laws – ’00) is also the sixth consecutive alumnus to be appointed to that role.
Governor de Jersey is Patron of the UQ Pro Bono Centre and a supporter of UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law.
Prior to Governor de Jersey, the position was held by Penelope Wensley AC (Bachelor of Arts – ’68; Doctor of Philosophy – ’94), Dame Quentin Bryce AC (Bachelor of Arts – ’63; Bachelor of Laws – ’65; Doctor of Laws – ’06), Major General Peter Arnison AC, CVO (Bachelor of Economics – ’76), Leneen Forde AC (Bachelor of Laws – ’87), and Sir Walter Campbell AC, QC (Bachelor of Arts – ’44; Master of Arts – ’47; Bachelor of Laws – ‘48; Doctor of Laws – ‘80).
UQ is proud of the number of alumni who have gone on to have fulfilling careers while making substantial contributions to the state and to all aspects of human endeavour.