Yvette was elected to represent the State electorate of Redcliffe at a by-election in 2014
and was elected at the subsequent 2015, 2017 and 2020 general elections.
She has long had an affinity with the local area; attending Redcliffe State High School as a student,
and living locally with her husband and 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 the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws, attained a
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University in Canberra and was admitted as a lawyer in 2006.
Yvette worked for the Australian Workers’ Union before representing the Redcliffe area as the Federal Member for Petrie
in the Australian Parliament from 2007 until 2013.
At the 2014 Redcliffe by-election Yvette entered the Queensland Legislative Assembly as the Member for Redcliffe
and served as shadow Minister for Education and Training; Disability Services; Science, IT and Innovation
and later becoming Shadow Attorney-General.
At the 2015 State Election Yvette was re-elected to the seat of Redcliffe.
In March 2015 Yvette was appointed Queensland’s Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Training and Skills.
After the 2017 State Election where Yvette was re-elected for a third time as the Member for Redcliffe,
Yvette was asked by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to continue as
Queensland’s Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and also take on the role as Leader of the House
where Yvette manages the legislative program of the Palaszczuk Government in the Queensland Parliament.
Yvette is passionate about ensuring all children have access to quality education and training opportunities,
that we have a strong public health system, protecting workers rights and supporting jobs in the community.
Yvette is also committed to ensuring that we have a fair and accessible justice system in Queensland.
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.
After the 2020 State Election, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appointed Yvette as Queensland’s
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services after being Queensland’s longest serving continuous
Attorney-General since World War 2. Yvette also continues to serve as the
Leader of the House in the Queensland Parliament.