Yvette was elected to represent the Federal electorate of Petrie in 2007 and 2010 and is now the Labor Member for Redcliffe. She has long had an affinity with the local area; attending school at Redcliffe State High School, and living locally with her husband, a police officer, as they raise their two children.
Yvette entered the full-time workforce at the age of 15 and worked in a variety of jobs including clerical and hospitality positions. Realising the value of education, Yvette returned to study, putting herself through night school as she continued working and began to raise a family. She graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Laws, attained a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from ANU and was admitted as a lawyer in 2006.
Yvette worked for the Australian Workers’ Union before being inspired to run for Parliament by the Howard Government’s treatment of Australian workers under Work Choices. Prior to being elected, Yvette also served as a member of Queensland’s former Training and Employment Recognition Council (TERC), the Queensland Workplace Bullying Taskforce and the Work and Family Taskforce.
Yvette is passionate about ensuring all children have access to quality education, that we have a strong public health system, improving training opportunities, protecting workers rights and supporting jobs in her community.
Yvette understands the value that seniors bring to our community, both through their working life and in retirement, and believes we should fight for equal opportunities for people with disability and strengthen support for their carers.
She currently serves as Minister for Health and Ambulance Services.