When I was younger I never imagined that one day I’d be a pollie. Between paying the bills and raising my three girls, I didn’t have time to worry about politics.
Today I’m busier than ever before – but now I’m not just working for my family. I’m working for Queensland.
Because my experience has taught me that politics – love it or loathe it – is the only way to change this state for the better.
I grew up on a cattle property at Guluguba – about five hours’ drive from Brisbane. Mum and dad taught me that if you wanted something, you had to work for it.
REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE
They also taught me that we shouldn’t just look out for ourselves. We’re all part of a community and everyone in it matters.
After leaving school, my first job was fitting suits at Fletcher Jones in Brisbane and soon after I started a business degree.
I met my wonderful husband Jason in the Cattleman’s Bar at the Ekka and after tying the knot we spent two years overseas in London.
When we came back to Australia, Jason and I managed properties in Queensland and Tasmania – and we also had three beautiful daughters.
An Active Community Member
It was when I was caring for the girls at home that I began studying law. After a lot of hard work, I eventually became a partner in a Kingaroy law firm.
My legal career fully opened my eyes to problems like domestic violence and suicide.
I did voluntary legal work for DV victims and also founded a suicide prevention group – but I realised the best way to help my community would be in Parliament.
I stood for the LNP in the 2012 state election and was elected the Member for Nanango.
A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Five years later, I was honoured to become the first woman to lead my party – but my biggest challenge is still ahead.
I have a new LNP team behind me and an ambitious plan for Queensland’s future.
With your support, I’ll ensure that Queensland’s best days are still to come.