About Jackie

I have lived in the South Brisbane electorate for 40 years. I grew up in East Brisbane, attending St Joseph’s Primary School at Kangaroo Point.

My parents owned and ran the fruit shop in Woolloongabba and, together with my husband, I am now raising my two kids in West End.

As a second generation Lebanese migrant, I was proud to be the first person from my family to go to university. I appreciate the value of a good education and have worked as a public servant in areas of education and disability policy.

I was honoured to be elected to the Queensland Parliament on 28 April 2012 as the Member for South Brisbane. I am also proud to serve Queenslanders as the Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Transport in the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

If there is ever anything I can do to assist, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

About South Brisbane

South Brisbane is Queensland’s oldest electorate, having been the only one of the original 16 districts to have been contested at every state election. Bordered by the mighty Brisbane River it encompasses South Brisbane, West End, Woolloongabba, Highgate Hill, East Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, Buranda, Dutton Park, Stones Corner and parts of Greenslopes and Coorparoo.

South Brisbane is a vibrant community that boasts Queensland’s best art and cultural institutions and many a festival is celebrated locally. We have outstanding schools and hospitals, excellent arts and produce markets, innovative small business hubs, and some of Brisbane’s best cafes and restaurants.

However, most of all, we have a wonderful sense of community – of looking out for each other and celebrating our individuality, our diversity and the Aboriginal heritage of our local area.

For information on the draft redistribution of South Brisbane and how it may affect you, visit the Redistribution Commission website

Ministerial Portfolios

Infrastructure

As the Minister for Infrastructure, I oversee the strategic direction for infrastructure in Queensland. My priorities include Cross River Rail, a $5.4 billion project to provide a second river crossing in Brisbane.

Planning

As the Minister for Planning, I oversee legislation that governs sustainable, sensible planning initiatives being implemented across Queensland including Labor’s Planning Act 2016.

Transport

As Minister for Transport, my areas of responsibility include air services, busways, passenger transport (except personalised transport), railways and transport infrastructure including Queensland Rail.