The Hon. Elise Archer MP
Liberal Member for Denison, Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Environment and Parks, Minister for the Arts
Elise Archer was elected as the Liberal Member for Denison in the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 2010.
In her first term of Parliament, Elise was Opposition Whip and the Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Planning, Community Development (with responsibility for women, child/youth affairs, seniors, multiculturalism and the Disability Bureau) and Aboriginal Affairs. She was also the Opposition Spokesperson for Corrections in the House of Assembly.
During this time Elise was a member of the Joint Standing Committee for Subordinate Legislation and the House of Assembly Privileges Committee, as well as a member of two Select Parliamentary Committees.
After the March 2014 State Election, Elise was named as the Government Nominee for the Speaker of the House of Assembly, and was formally elected unopposed by the House on Tuesday, 6 May 2014. Elise was the first female Speaker in Tasmania in the House of Assembly’s 158 year history.
As the Speaker, Elise Chaired the Standing Orders Standing Committee, Privileges Standing Committee, House Joint Sessional Committee, Library Joint Sessional Committee, the Printing Select Committee and had overall responsibility for the administration of that House as the Presiding Officer. During her time as Speaker, Elise also introduced significant changes to the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly allowing automatic maternity leave and more flexibility for female Members with infants upon their return to work, as well as updating and modernising a raft of rules and procedures, plus an education program allowing role-plays in the Chamber by school students. She also welcomed individuals, community and other groups, allowing greater access to the 'people's House.'
On 2 October 2017, Elise joined the Cabinet as Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Environment and Parks, and Minister for the Arts.
Elise’s decision to enter state politics stemmed from a passion to improve the lives of those less fortunate in her community; an ethos she developed early in life while volunteering for a number of charities and working in her family’s small businesses throughout her school and university years. She has a strong focus on creating a strong economy to create jobs but also to support our health and education system and Tasmanians in need.
Educated at Waimea Heights Primary School, Fahan School and the University of Tasmania, Elise completed a Bachelor of Laws Degree before obtaining her Certificate of Legal Studies. She was admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1994, as well as the Federal Courts and High Court of Australia.
Elise practised law for 17 years predominantly in the areas of employment (industrial relations), anti-discrimination and insurance law, and was a member of the Employment and Equal Opportunity Committee, the Litigious Issues Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Bar Association. She also has extensive experience in civil and criminal trials. Immediately before her election to Parliament Elise was a senior associate and senior litigation lawyer at Dobson Mitchell & Allport in Hobart (2004 - 2010).
Elise was an Alderman of the Hobart City Council (October 2007- April 2010) and Chairperson of the Finance & Corporate Services Committee (2009 - 2010).
She has been a board member of a number of not for profit organisations in Tasmania, including Community Transport Services Tasmania Inc, a director of the Salamanca Arts Centre, and she performed pro bono legal work for numerous charitable organisations.
Elise is married to Dale, and they both strongly value community responsibilities. Elise maintains a strong personal and professional interest in the law, arts, business, science, sport and recreation, economics and is very community focused.