Grace Grace is the Member for Brisbane Central and has lived in the electorate all her life.
She was first elected in October 2007, and remained the member until 2012. She was re-elected in 2015, and has spent her working life fighting for a better quality of life for the workers of Queensland.
Grace grew up in Spring Hill and moved to New Farm with her family in 1972, giving her a great understanding of what the local community needs. Grace and her husband Michael have raised their daughter, Alexandra in the area, sending her to local schools.
For many years, Grace has worked with local community organisations in her electorate including P&C Groups from all the schools, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Teneriffe Progress Association, Queensland Aids Council (QuAC), the Windsor and Districts Historical Society and many others.
Grace respects and values a multicultural community, and works to promote an equal inclusive society free of discrimination.
In 2015, Grace was appointed as a Minister of State in the Palaszczuk Government, and prior to this, Grace was Deputy Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.
As a Member of Parliament, Grace has served on a number of parliamentary committees, including the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee; the Ethics Committee; the Scrutiny of Legislation Committee; the Public Accounts Committee; the Review of Organ and Tissue Donation Procedures Select Committee; and several Estimates Committees.
From 2000 – 2007, Grace was General Secretary, Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) becoming the first woman elected to this position in the peak union council’s then 110-year history, one of her many career highlights.
During her career, Grace has had extensive Board experience with organisations including SunSuper, Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund, and Energex Limited.
Grace currently serves as the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs.