Anna Bligh

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Anna Maria Bligh (born 14 July 1960) is an Australian politician and the Premier of Queensland since 2007. The 2009 Queensland state election was the first time a female-led political party won or retained state or federal government in Australia. Bligh has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly seat of South Brisbane since 1995.

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 four current female heads of government in Australia (the others being Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings, and Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory Katy Gallagher).

Early life

Bligh grew up on the Gold Coast. Her parents separated when she was 13. She attended Catholic schools until Year 9 and considered becoming a nun. One of her aunts became a nun and another had entered a convent. However the church's attitude to divorcees (for example, her mother was no longer permitted to take Communion) estranged her and her mother from the church.

Studying at the University of Queensland from 1978, Bligh gained a Bachelor of Arts. Bligh traces her politicisation to her first year at University, observing a right-to-march rally in King George Square where people were being hit over the head by the police. Bligh's first involvement...
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