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Good _________ 8H and Mr. Clare, this morning I will be having a presentation on Peter Douglas Beattie. This Presentation will cover his biographical information, career background, his successes, possible criticisms and the inspiration for this person.
Peter Douglas Beattie was born on the 18th November 1952 at Atherton, a small town nearly 2000km from Brisbane. He was raised by his grandmother and was the youngest of 7 children. Peter Beattie grew up to be quite a sports and drama fanatic playing cricket, rugby and hockey, he was involved in such plays as Gilbert and Sullivan as well as Pirates of Penzance. He was also a keen scout, he would roam the streets with 12 fellow scouts looking for good deeds and also enjoyed climbing Mt. Baldy. He was very successful at school being the Dux and School Captain at Atherton State High School, there he met Heather Scott-Halliday and later married her, they currently have three grown up children, Dennis and Matthew who are both 22 and Elizabeth who is 24. Beattie then moved to Brisbane where he graduated with a law degree from the University of Queensland, earned a Master of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology and then entered the practise of law. He supported himself through uni by working as a taxi driver and in a canning factory. His qualifications now include a B.A, LL.B and M.A. Then In 1974 he joined the labor party which he had been in opposition for 17 years. He is also a part of many diverse groups such as the Greek Club, Lions, Queensland Rugby League Club, New farm Neighbourhood Centre, Chinese business Club, The Society of St. Andrews and Queensland association for mental Health. He already sounds like the perfect politician.
Peter Beattie has achieved many political successes which the ‘Queensland Labor Times’ describes as ‘A Dynamic Decade’. Peter Beattie was interested in economics, health, local government, housing, criminal law reform, transport, heritage, town planning, urban planning, and inner city development. With all the interests you’d think that he’d be less talk more do however he has made many factual accomplishments such as the water grid, the water pipe coming from Cairns, free health system, he abolished the ambulance levy, created a superior Criminal Justice System and created the ‘Smart State’ license plate. In 1997, Peter Beattie released the Community JobsPlan – a major job creation program, then in 1998 Peter Beattie won 44 out of 89 seats in the June state elections and on the 26th of June Peter Beattie became Premier of Queensland, this was a major turning point for the labor party.
Economically, Queensland prospered like never before with Peter Beattie as Premier. When he announced his policy in 1998 to bring unemployment fewer than 5?he was given little chance. On the environment, perhaps his greatest achievement was to ban land-clearing in the state, a decision which is almost single-handedly responsible for Australia. Peter Beattie also built the giant new park at Lang Stadium while liberalising Queensland’s gay sex, liquor licensing and prostitution laws quietly in the background. Peter Beattie really has changed Queensland into a smart state.
Peter Beattie isn’t perfect, all of you could agree, there has been certain things that Peter Beattie has done that have aggravated certain people. Many people have disagreed with Beattie’s handling with the Dr. Haneef case, John Howard accused Beattie of leading a political campaign against the police handling the case. Beattie ignored Queensland’s water crisis until it was almost too late, basically praying for rain and not doing anything for Queensland for a period of time. Peter Beattie appeals more to the ‘Dead, White Male’ as he hasn’t at all connected with minorities or was willing to help them. Peter Beattie really hasn’t at all done that much to seem like a nuisance to anyone.
Role Models are important because they boost children’s self esteem, help them to build models and positive values, teach children to set attainable goals and provide achieving their goals. Peter Beattie has accomplished many things, such as community awareness, economic, and infrastructure development. I think the person most inspired by him would be his daughter, Elizabeth. If all Australian’s role model was Peter Beattie I think the world would be an ideal place to reside. Peter Beattie has changed the world so much and if everyone was like him just imagine what would happen. Ultimately, Peter Beattie’s premiership will be looked be back upon as a series of crises interspersed with many election victories.
On the 10th of September 2007, Peter Beattie resigned as Premier at a Cabinet meeting; he spent 9 years as premier making Queensland better.
Asked By: tim p - 5/18/2008