Queensland education minister Grace Grace
Queensland education minister Grace Grace is facing accusations she has exaggerated her own qualifications for years.
The former union boss, 61, did a 10-week training course in Industrial Relations at Harvard University in 1993.
On her CV she claims the qualification is ‘Master’s/Graduate Diploma Level’ – even though the course is not a master’s degree program.
Ms Grace insisted she has done nothing wrong but opposition education spokesman Jarrod Bleijie said she was a ‘phony and a fraud’ and should be sacked.
Questioned last night by the Courier-Mail, Ms Grace said: ‘I am sorry if people have been misled’.
Today she told Daily Mail Australia: ‘In 1993, I had the privilege of attending the 10-week intensive Harvard Trade Union Program, plus a two-week practical component, to further my higher education with people from around the world.
‘This is a highly sought-after program and I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to attend.
‘I’m advised that while the program still exists today, it’s very different to the one I completed more than 27 years ago.
Ms Grace is accused of pretending she has a master’s-level degree from Harvard but only did a 10-week course
‘I have never claimed to have a master’s degree or a graduate diploma.
‘I have never used any letters after my name.
‘The parliament website says ‘Masters/Graduate Diploma level – Harvard Trade Union Program’, it never mentions me attaining a degree.
‘I am proud of my education and proud of my work during this program.
‘It was an incredible opportunity and has helped shape the person I am today.’
Ms Grace was made Education Minister in December 2017.
She previously hit headlines for incorrectly spelling Torres Straight as ‘Torris Straight’ in a 2015 tweet while she was Multicultural Affairs Minister.
Ms Grace did the course in the early 1990s while she was an industrial officer at the Council of Trade Unions