Lara Giddings

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Larissa Tahireh "Lara" Giddings (born 14 November 1972) is an Australian politician and the 44th and current Premier of Tasmania since January 2011. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin since the 2002 election.

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She was first elected to parliament in the 1996 election in the electorate of Lyons as the youngest woman elected to an Australian Parliament at the age of 23 years, but was defeated at the 1998 election, and then re-elected in the 2002 election in Franklin. Following the resignation of the Premier, Paul Lennon on 26 May 2008 and the elevation of the Deputy Premier, David Bartlett to the position of Premier, Giddings was elected as Deputy Australian Labor Party Leader and sworn in as Deputy Premier.

Giddings obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Tasmania and went on to work in the Australian Senate as Whip's Clerk, then an electorate officer with Senator Sue Mackay. She travelled to Britain, where she did some temporary administrative work in London, and later worked as a Parliamentary research officer for the Member for Dunfermline East, Helen Eadie, in the Scottish Parliament. Until her return to parliament in 2002, she worked for the Tasmanian Premier as a speech writer and media assistant.

From 2004 to 2006, Giddings was Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts. Following the 2006......
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