The Hon. Yvette D’Ath
Member for Petrie (Qld)
The Hon. Yvette D’Ath represented the electorate of Petrie (Qld) in the House of Representatives for the Australian Labor Party from 2007 to 2013.
D'Ath left school to enter the workforce at 15 years old. In her first speech in the Parliament, she said that 'it was in my early 20s that I realised the importance of an education'. While continuing to work full time, she commenced night school and after 14 years of study finished as a qualified lawyer. In the House, D'Ath was a vocal advocate for education reforms, including the Gonski review of school funding. Her first speech highlighted her aim to give children the best education possible, to lead them to fulfilling employment.
D'Ath went to the 2007 and 2010 elections with a commitment to take action on climate change. She stated the importance of reinvesting in clean energy and renewables and supporting households and businesses in the move towards an emissions trading scheme. In 2013 she served as Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Innovation and Industry.
Having worked for the Australian Workers' Union before entering Parliament, D'Ath was passionate about having a strong industrial relations system that provided fair rights and protections and commended the Fair Work Act 2009. D'Ath also had an interest in health care and supported the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She was chair of the Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests from 2012 to 2013. After leaving the federal parliament she served as a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.