- Margaret Keech
Margaret Majella Keech is an Australian politician and is a member of for the Labor Party.
In 2001 she was the first woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the seat of Albert and is currently the Government Whip. Margaret has previously served as the Minister for Child Safety and Women in the Bligh Government and Minister for Tourism, Fair Trading and Wine Industry Development in the previous Beattie Government.
Margaret and her husband Peter and their three children, James, Joshua and Helen, have lived in Albert since 1980.
Prior to entering Parliament, Margaret was a language and learning advisor for international students at the Queensland University of Technology. As a teacher, Margaret has a long and distinguished career educating students from kindergarten to post-graduate university.
Margaret's international work experiences include Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Japan, where she has lectured as a professional development officer and educator. Margaret is passionate about the role of education in helping young people reach their full potential.
Margaret is active in the local community. In 1981, Margaret started the first public playgroup in Beenleigh and later established the popular Sunday craft market in Main St. Margaret is the co-founder of the local Residents Association and was chair of the Beenleigh Police District Community Consultative Committee.
Margaret has a small business background and is a member of the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce.
Margaret has a Master of Arts, a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics.
After many years of dedicated public service, Margaret remains passionate about serving her growing community. She describes her job as "the best in the world" and enjoys working hard every day to make a difference in the lives of the people of Albert.
Margaret is a member of the Australian Services Union.
- Government Whip from March 2009
- Minister for Child Safety and Women from September 2007 to March 2009
- Minister for Tourism, Fair Trading and Wine Industry Development from 12 February 2004 to September 2007 and Minister for Women from November 2006
- Parliamentary (ALP) Caucus Secretary from 28 March 2001 to February 2004
- Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 2004-2006
- Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 2001-2004
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