THE first former member of Australian Liberals Abroad (UK) has been elected to the Queensland Parliament during last weekend’s victory for the Liberal National Party under Campbell Newman.
Saxon Rice, 35, the newly-elected member for the inner-west Brisbane seat of Mr Coot-tha, lived in London and was a member of the Australian Liberals Abroad (UK).
“Saxon was a great supporter of the Liberals while she was in London and we have missed the great energy she brought to every campaign,” said Australian Liberals Abroad (UK) President Jason Groves. “The branch is delighted to have Saxon as its first member to gain elected office and to do so as part of the Newman government.”
With a 12 per cent swing towards her, Sydney-born Saxon defeated former Queensland Treasurer and Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser in the seat he had held since 2004 and one that Labor has held without interruption since 1986. In the lead-up to the election, commentators regularly cited Fraser as the next leader of the Queensland Labor Party.
According to an ABC profile, before entering politics, Rice worked at the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade before assuming a senior position within the employment company of Therese Rein, wife of former prime minister and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.
To celebrate the election of a Sydney-born politician to the Queensland Parliament, Australian Liberals Abroad (UK) will next week host the visiting ACT Senator Garry Humphries.