ENG:Anna Maria Bligh (born 14 July 1960) is an Australian politician and the current Premier of Queensland. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 1995, representing the electorate of South Brisbane.
Bligh is the first woman to be appointed Premier of Queensland, the third female Premier of an Australian state, and the sixth female head of government of an Australian state or territory. She is one of only three female heads of government in Australia (the others being Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier of New South Wales Kristina Keneally.
At the 2009 Queensland State Election, she became the first woman elected in her own right as a state premier in Australia.
In 2009, Bligh was elected to the three person presidential team of ...
... decision in appointing Peter Slipper Speaker
PREMIER Anna Bligh says it is yet to be seen if the Federal Government made the right decision to elevate Peter Slipper to the Speaker of Parliament.
The Labor minority government effectively gained two extra votes in the Lower House on Thursday when former Speaker Harry Jenkins stood down to return to the back bench and was replaced by Mr Slipper.
Mr Slipper, who is the member for the Queensland seat of Fisher, quit the Liberal National Party to sit as an Independent and has previously faced allegations over his use of parliamentary ...
Labor factional boss Bill Ludwig yesterday declared Anna Bligh has his "100 per cent support".
His assertion came after a rival union leader labelled the ALP's prospects in Queensland "terminal" and called for a leadership change.
The Queensland Premier has been under immense scrutiny following Labor's poor result in the federal election -- where the ALP lost seven seats to the Liberal National Party -- and amid dire state polls showing a collapse in support.
The latest Newspoll, released this month, showed a plunge in Labor's primary vote to 29 per cent from its election-winning ...
...for central Queensland
Premier Anna Bligh has given her tacit approval to a proposed merger between CQUniversity and the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, which would result in the state's first one-stop higher education shop.
Ms Bligh described the intended amalgamation as "one of the most exciting developments in post-school education that we have seen in Queensland for many years''.
"If this facility is able to come together, what it offers people from all around Central Queensland is an opportunity to upgrade their skills without having to go from institution to ...
barby - in poll Anna Bligh
Real Honest Journalism For Times Like These
Bravo Des Houghton! Election seen through smudged lens SO WE have endured an election campaign with plenty of mud-slinging. The conservative protagonist and former Brisbane lord mayor has even been depicted as a spider and his wife vilified. In the spirit of this campaign, today I would like to borrow from the Labor strategist’s play [...]
A Fancy Name For Theft And Destitution
Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 2 March 2012: Bligh’s Green corridor is a plan to make Queenslanders poorer You run a government that is racing towards $85 billion in debt, what do you do next? Well, if you were Anna Bligh you borrow more money to retire productive assets. Anna Bligh’s Border to Beach [...]
Barnaby On All The Bloated Lunch-Eaters In Canberra
Senator Joyce writes … brilliantly … again … for the Canberra Times (emphasis added): Labor will be history in Queensland The lingering fear of many in a sedentary job is the unreasonable expansion of the body mass. In Parliament you have the tactic of those lobbying you that if they can hold you down and [...]
Greatest risk to Gillard a dialogue with the deaf
After the events in Queensland on Saturday it’s probably time to upgrade Wayne Goss’s memorable observation at the 1996 federal election that voters in the Sunshine State were waiting with baseball bats to clobber the life out of the Keating government.
If Saturday’s state result was in any way a dry run for what awaits Labor federally next year, voters in Queensland are waiting with baseball bats, rocket launchers and cans of capsicum spray in readiness to obliterate the ALP.
If the staggering and unprecedented 16 to 17 per cent swing at Saturday’s state election is in any way reflected at the next federal poll, Labor will be utterly destroyed, with a raft of senior government figures from Treasurer Wayne Swan down swept from office. The equal-worst federal result Labor has ever had in Queensland was in 1996, when just two of its MPs were re-elected. On Saturday’s numbers, not one Queensland MP would survive.