Fraser’s meteoric rise through ranks

Updated: 20:15, Friday September 16, 2011

It’s been a quick trip to the top for Queensland’s newest and youngest deputy leader, Andrew Fraser.

Hailed for his ‘youthful energy’ by Premier Anna Bligh, the high achiever hasn’t been frightened to get his hands dirty in his climb through the ranks.

In his first portfolio of local government, he oversaw controversial council amalgamations that shrunk the number of local governments from 157 to 73, to the anger of many in regional areas.

As treasurer he was the architect of the unpopular asset sales that many blame for the government’s pitiful standing in the polls.

In his 2004 inaugural speech to parliament aged 27, Mr Fraser told his colleagues it was a dereliction of duty to be elected ‘to merely enjoy the view’ and not plan for the future.

‘Rather than achievement, right now I sense only the enormity of the awesome horizon of opportunity,’ he said then.

His own awesome horizon came early when he was elevated to the ministry in his second year of politics.

At age 30 he became the state’s second-youngest treasurer behind ‘Red’ Ted Theodore in 1915.

And a day after his 35th birthday, Mr Fraser is officially the youngest deputy premier of the state after the creation of the office in 1974.

Red Ted still carries the unofficial title.

Asked on Friday how high his political sights were set, the man who memorably told reporters he wanted to be ‘a future-focused premier, oh, sorry, a future-focused treasurer’, said his job was to support the premier.

The MP for the western Brisbane seat of Mount Coot-tha, well known for his scholarly diction, told reporters on Friday he had gone into politics to help people, and sometimes that was hard to do.

‘If you’re going to be scared of challenges in politics then you wouldn’t get out of bed,’ he said.

‘I think as I’ve served in the cabinet the last five years, I’ve never shied away from doing the right thing, even when it’s been tough.

‘And my view has always been that you should be here to do the right thing, not the expedient thing. That’s the approach I intend to take from hereon in as well.’


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