Yvette D'Ath

Yvette Maree D'Ath (born 26 July 1970) is an Australian politician. She is a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland representing the seat of Redcliffe. D'Ath is currently the Attorney-General of Queensland, Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills. She was previously a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the outer Brisbane seat of Petrie from 2007 to 2013.

Yvette D'Ath

Attorney-General of Queensland and Minister for Justice
Assumed office
16 February 2015
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byJarrod Bleijie
Leader of The House
Assumed office
11 December 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byStirling Hinchliffe
Minister for Training and Skills for Queensland
Assumed office
16 February 2015
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byJohn-Paul Langbroek
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Redcliffe
Assumed office
22 February 2014
Preceded byScott Driscoll
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Petrie
In office
24 November 2007  7 September 2013
Preceded byTeresa Gambaro
Succeeded byLuke Howarth
Personal details
Yvette Maree D'Ath

(1970-07-26) 26 July 1970
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)George D'Ath
Alma materQueensland University of Technology
Australian National University
OccupationIndustrial advocate

Education and early career

D'Ath graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. After working in various clerical and hospitality positions, she was appointed an associate to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, serving between 1992 and 1994. She then became a senior industrial advocate for the Australian Workers' Union in Queensland.[1]

Federal politics

D'Ath won the seat of Petrie for Labor from Liberal Teresa Gambaro at the 2007 election with a 2-point margin from a 9.5-point swing, before increasing it to 2.5 points at the 2010 election. D'Ath was narrowly defeated by 0.5 points at the 2013 election.

Following the promotion of Mark Dreyfus as Attorney-General in February 2013, D'Ath was promoted to replace some of Dreyfus' responsibilities as Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Her responsibilities were altered and she became Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Industry, and Innovation in a rearrangement of the Second Gillard Ministry on 25 March 2013.[1][2]

State politics

In December 2013, D'Ath was preselected to contest the state seat of Redcliffe at the 2014 by-election.[3] The seat of Redcliffe covered much of the same area as her former federal seat of Petrie. She won the seat with a 17.2-point two-party swing to Labor.[4][5] This increased the Labor's representation in the Queensland Parliament from seven to eight seats. After the by-election victory D'Ath was made the Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Disability Services, Science, IT and Innovation.[6]

On 27 August 2014, D'Ath was made the Shadow Attorney-General, the Shadow Minister for Justice and the Shadow Minister for Training, Disability Services and Housing after a reshuffle prompted by the Labor victory in the Stafford by-election.[7]

Palaszczuk government

After Labor's victory in the 2015 Queensland State Election, D'Ath was sworn in as Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills in the Palaszczuk Ministry on 16 February 2015.[8]

Following the 2017 Queensland State Election, in which the Palaszczuk government was returned with a majority, D'Ath retained her position as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Teresa Gambaro
Member for Petrie
Succeeded by
Luke Howarth
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Scott Driscoll
Member for Redcliffe
Political offices
Preceded by
Jarrod Bleijie
Attorney-General of Queensland
Preceded by
John-Paul Langbroek
Minister for Training and Skills
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