Linda Lavarch

Linda Lavarch
Attorney-General of Queensland
In office
28 July 2005  18 October 2006
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by Rod Welford
Succeeded by Kerry Shine
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Kurwongbah
In office
24 May 1997  20 March 2009
Preceded by Margaret Woodgate
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1958-11-27) 27 November 1958
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater Queensland University of Technology
Profession Solicitor

Linda Denise Lavarch (born 27 November 1958 in Brisbane) is an Australian politician and solicitor. She was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1997 to 2009, representing the district of Kurwongbah.[1]

Lavarch was first elected to the seat of Kurwongbah, situated in Brisbane's northern suburbs, in a by-election on 24 May 1997. On 28 July 2005, Lavarch was appointed Queensland's Attorney-General and Minister for Justice—the first woman Attorney-General in Queensland. Prior to being appointed Attorney-General, she held the position of parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Energy and Aboriginal and Minister for Torres Strait Islander Policy, John Mickel.[1]

Lavarch pursued an active reform agenda as Attorney-General particularly focusing on community justice initiatives and the treatment of vulnerable people in the criminal justice system. She retired at the 2009 state election.[1]

Lavarch currently chairs the Australian government's Not-For-Profit Sector Reform Council which provides advice to government on not-for-profit sector issues.

She was formerly married to Michael Lavarch, who had served as an Attorney-General at the federal level from 1993 to 1996.

On 27 April 2016, Lavarch was announced as the Labor candidate for the federal seat of Dickson at the 2016 election, running against Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton. Her former husband, Michael, previously represented Dickson from 1993 to 1996.


  1. 1 2 3 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Margaret Woodgate
Member for Kurwongbah
Political offices
Preceded by
Rod Welford
Attorney-General of Queensland
Minister for Justice

Succeeded by
Kerry Shine

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