Coralee O’Rourke has a bachelor’s degree in Education – Early Childhood from QUT and was the director of a community-based early learning centre in Townsville before entering Parliament following the January 2015 Queensland election. She lives in Townsville with her husband Lewis and their two teenaged children and understands the challenges of working parents.
Coralee is a strong believer in the power of education to build a better future. This follows from her experience as an early childhood teacher, seeing children learn and develop, and as an adult student, who returned to study as a parent to gain her degree. Her passion is family and community and she believes that working together is when a community can effect great change for the better.
As an early childhood leader, Coralee put her belief into practice and campaigned for fair wages and conditions for employees in the sector - among Australia’s most poorly paid workers. The success achieved for these workers prompted Coralee to enter parliament.
She will be working with her Cabinet colleagues as they listen to Queenslanders, restore integrity and accountability to government, and create jobs.
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