Deb Frecklington

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Deb Frecklington

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Leader of the Opposition in Queensland
Assumed office
12 December 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
DeputyTim Mander
Preceded byTim Nicholls
Leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland
Assumed office
12 December 2017
DeputyTim Mander
Preceded byTim Nicholls
Shadow Minister for Trade
Assumed office
15 December 2017
Leaderherself
Preceded byherself
Deputy Leader of the Opposition of Queensland
In office
6 May 2016 – 12 December 2017
LeaderTim Nicholls
Preceded byJohn-Paul Langbroek
Succeeded byTim Mander
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, State Development, Trade and Investment
In office
6 May 2016 – 15 December 2017
LeaderTim Nicholls
Preceded byTim Nicholls
Succeeded byAndrew Powell (Infrastructure and State Development)
herself (Trade)
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
In office
14 February 2015 – 6 May 2016
LeaderLawrence Springborg
Preceded byTim Mulherin
Succeeded byDale Last
Assistant Minister for Finance, Administration and Regulatory Reform
In office
3 April 2012 – 14 February 2015
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Nanango
Assumed office
24 March 2012
Preceded byDorothy Pratt
Majority13.4% (2017)
Personal details
Born
Deborah Kay Stiller

(1971-09-03) 3 September 1971 (age 48)
Miles, Queensland
Political partyLiberal National Party
Spouse(s)Jason Frecklington
ChildrenThree daughters
Alma materUniversity of Southern Queensland
Queensland Institute of Technology
OccupationAdvertising salesperson, property manager
ProfessionSolicitor

Deborah Kay Frecklington (born 3 September 1971) is an Australian politician who is the member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Nanango, having won the seat at the 2012 state election.[1] She is leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland and Leader of the Queensland Opposition.

Early life[edit]

Frecklington was born in Miles in south-west Queensland. She grew up on a cattle property at Guluguba and attended Guluguba State School. For her secondary schooling, she was a boarder at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.[2]

Frecklington has a Bachelor of Business (University of Southern Queensland) and a Bachelor of Law (Queensland Institute of Technology).[2]

She has worked in the clothing, motor vehicle and newspaper industries. Her career takes in the co-management of broad-acre cropping properties with her husband. During her time as a lawyer, she worked for Kelly & Frecklington Solicitors, specialising in family and property law.[2]

Politics[edit]

Frecklington was appointed Assistant Minister for Finance, Administration and Regulatory Reform on 3 April 2012 and subsequently appointed to the role of Assistant Minister to the Premier in June 2014. Following the LNP's defeat in 2015, she was appointed to the LNP front bench as Shadow Minister for Agriculture.

In 2016, she was elected unopposed as deputy leader of the LNP—and hence Deputy Leader of the Opposition—after Tim Nicholls ousted Lawrence Springborg as leader.[3]

Leader of the LNP[edit]

After Nicholls led the party to a loss at the 2017 state election, Frecklington was elected the leader of the LNP at a party-room meeting on 12 December 2017.[4] Frecklington secured 25 votes out of a possible 39 in the first round of voting. Former leader John-Paul Langbroek received 10 votes while outsider Mark Robinson received three votes, and there was one informal vote.[5] Frecklington became only the second female Queensland Opposition Leader in history, and the first woman to lead the non-Labor side in Queensland. She is also the second LNP leader from a long-held National seat; Nanango was the seat of former long-serving National Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who held it and its successor seat, Barambah, from 1947 to 1987.

Community interests[edit]

Frecklington is a member of:

  • The South Burnett Suicide Prevention Group
  • Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce
  • Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise
  • South Burnett Law Association

Personal life[edit]

Frecklington lives with her husband and three children in Kingaroy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nanango - Queensland Votes 2012". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 April 2012. Archived from the original on 30 November 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Meet Deb". Deb Frecklington MP. Archived from the original on 30 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Tim Nicholls wins LNP leadership spill against Lawrence Springborg". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 May 2016. Archived from the original on 30 November 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ "LNP chooses first female party leader Deb Frecklington to take on Premier Palaszczuk". ABC News. 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Deb Frecklington to lead LNP, Tim Mander deputy". Australian. 12 December 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Nicholls
Leader of the Opposition (Queensland)
2017–present
Incumbent
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Dorothy Pratt
Member for Nanango
2012–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tim Nicholls
Leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland
2017–present
Incumbent