Paula Wriedt is a passionate Tasmanian. Her portfolio of Economic Development and Tourism brings together all the qualities that make Tasmania unique and bring others flocking to our island state as visitors in increasing numbers.
“Tasmania is an amazing place. I’ve lived here all my life and am extremely passionate about all that we have to offer. We are innovative and forward thinking and we offer products, services and experiences that are unmatched anywhere else in the world. Our businesses and communities are much more vibrant than they were even 10 years ago, let alone 15 to 20 years ago,” she said.
With politics in her blood (her father, Ken Wriedt, was a former Labor Senator with the Whitlam government, state minister and state Labor leader), Paula cut her political teeth working for the Field Labor Government. She was elected in the seat of Franklin as a member of the House of Assembly in February, 1996.
Paula was appointed to Cabinet in 1998 as Minister for Education. This appointment saw her become Tasmania’s youngest ever female minister. She held this portfolio for eight years, undertaking a range of significant policy reforms, including raising the school-leaving age to 17, co-locating child care in schools and curriculum reform. In 2002, she also became Minister for Women and, three years later, initiated the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women as a way of recognising the significant contribution that women have made to the State throughout history.
Following the 2006 election Paula was appointed as Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment and in January, 2008, she was appointed Minister for Economic Development and Tourism.
Paula lives in Kingston where she is raising her two young children, Daniel (born in 2000) and Amy (born in 2001), with husband Dale. As a mother of two young children, she is committed to ensuring that Tasmania is a wonderful place for her family to live and for her children to grow-up.
Her interests are cooking, scrapbooking, reading, spending time with her family, camping and lifelong learning by having a go at a diverse range of Adult Education courses.
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