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Shannon Fentiman is an Australian politician. She has been the Labor member for Waterford in the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2015 and is the current Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Women, and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.
|Net Worth||$3 million|
Shannon Maree Fentiman was born and raised in Australia. Fentiman holds a Bachelor of Laws (First class honors) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Prior to her election to the Queensland Parliament, Fentiman worked as a solicitor for Hall Payne Lawyers. She has previously worked as an industrial advocate for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and as a judge’s associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland to Justice Atkinson.
Fentiman has also been a board member of the Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre, Secretary of the Centre Against Sexual Violence in Logan and the Duty Solicitor at the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre.
Shannon Fentiman stood for Waterford in 2015 after the previous Labor Member Evan Moorhead lost the seat in the 2012 LNP landslide. Waterford was Campbell Newman Government’s third most marginal seat held seat by Mike Latter. Fentiman achieved a 14.3% swing towards her, making Waterford once more a safe Labor seat.
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Fentiman became a first-term minister and was sworn in as Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs in the Palaszczuk Ministry on 16 February 2015. After the Palaszczuk Government was re-elected on 25 November 2017, Fentiman was elevated to be the Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development.
She is also the Ministerial Champion for the Torres Strait. In September 2016, the State Opposition called for Fentiman’s sacking as a Minister following a number of deaths of children in foster care or within the child safety system. Two months later, an independent review found misconduct and catastrophic failures by her department in relation to the deaths of seven children.
In response, Fentiman said she still had confidence in her department’s executive staff. Some two weeks later, it was revealed that three child protection staff had been stood down, and a further nine were subject to disciplinary proceedings following the death of 21-month-old Mason Jet Lee in June 2016. The child died with injuries from head to toe after being released from the hospital just three months earlier.
In 2016 Shannon Fentiman announced “zero tolerance” drug testing for parents “where there is any suspicion of drug use”, with particular reference to amphetamines. Fentiman stated that parents would be required to consent to an Intervention with Parental Agreement before undergoing testing.
In 2017 Fentiman announced the hiring an additional 300 Child Safety Staff members to address understaffing issues. At the time, Queensland had the highest rate of child deaths of any state in Australia and was exceeded only by the Northern Territory.
Fentiman as the Child Safety Minister paved the way in Queensland to allow same-sex couples to adopt children with legislation passing the Queensland Parliament on 3 November 2016, with both the Liberal National Party and Katter Australia Party opposing the legislation. LNP spokesperson Ros Bates said that there was no need for the bill.
Shannon Fentiman also supported the successful “Yes” campaign to achieve Marriage Equality in 2017. Fentiman as Minister for Training and Skills Development introduced free TAFE for school leavers in 2018 and subsequently the free apprenticeship program in 2019 to allow young people access to training in key priority areas.
In 2017 Fentiman and the then-candidate for Cook Cynthia Lui announced an election commitment to new laws to recognize Torres Strait Island families’ use of traditional adoption. For generations, Torres Strait Islanders have supported their children and each other with traditional parenting approaches known more recently as “Kupai omasker”.
Under the practice, children can be given to other members of the community for a range of reasons, including the maintenance of family inheritance rights, providing an infertile couple with the opportunity to raise a child, strengthening alliances or distributing children of different sexes more fairly. Their guardianship can be transferred to other members of the community, typically extended family.
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There had been a problem in Queensland law, where such adoptions were not legally recognized by the state’s Succession Act 1981, with one issue being that adopted children are not able to take on the surname of their adoptive parents. On 17 July 2020, the Queensland Government introduced a bill in parliament to legally recognize the practice. The bill was passed as the Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa Act 2020 (“For Our Children’s Children”) on 8 September 2020.
Shannon Fentiman was married to her ex-husband David Nelson, they had their wedding in Queensland. The couple later separated. Her ex-husband is a lobbyist. As of February 2023, Shannon Fentiman has a new partner after divorcing her first husband. She rarely discusses her personal life and hasn’t disclosed whether she has children.
Shannon Fentiman net worth
How much is Shannon Fentiman worth? Shannon Fentiman net worth is estimated at around $3 million. Her main source of income is from her primary work as a politician. Shannon Fentiman’s monthly salary and other career earnings are over $320,000 annually. Her remarkable achievements have earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She is one of the richest and most influential politicians in Australia. Shannon Fentiman stands at an appealing height of 1.68m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.