About Meaghan Scanlon

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Meaghan grew up in Nerang, where her mum and dad owned a small business.

At the young age of 13, she lost her dad to melanoma and has since helped her mum care for her younger brother Callum, who has Down Syndrome. Through her experience, Meaghan knows how crucial affordable and accessible healthcare is – and that investing in medical research is vital. 

Meaghan understands the challenges faced by carers of people with a disability, as well as the difficulties associated with being a single parent. She is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and has worked as a Childhood Educator, supporting and nurturing children of all backgrounds as they grow and develop.

A lawyer, Meaghan studied at the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University. Meaghan is committed to helping the most vulnerable members of our community – from women escaping domestic violence to those disproportionately affected by the legal system.

Meaghan is an active supporter of the tourism and sport industries and was a major proponent of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She understands that investing in these areas is vital to the Gold Coast economy as they provide jobs for local people on the Gold Coast and in her electorate of Gaven. Meaghan continued her support for the tourism industry by serving as Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development from 2017 to 2020.

Meaghan is passionate about ensuring we leave a better world for the next generation. The issue of climate change is what first inspired Meaghan to get involved in politics at the age of 14 during the Kevin07 election, handing out 'How to Vote' cards at the Nerang PCYC by herself. 13 years later she was honoured to be sworn in as the youngest Cabinet Minister in Queensland history when she was appointed as Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs in the Third Palaszczuk Government Ministry.

Meaghan is currently the Minister for Housing, Minister for Planning and Local Government and Minister for Public Works. Meaghan's passion for housing comes from her family background with both of her parents growing up in Government housing. She has hit the ground running with a focus on rolling out the Government's record investment in social and affordable housing as quickly as possible.