Alex Douglas (politician)

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Dr. Alex Douglas
MP
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Gaven
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 March 2009
Preceded by Phil Gray
In office
1 April 2006 – 9 September 2006
Preceded by Robert Poole
Succeeded by Phil Gray
Leader of the Palmer United Party in Queensland
In office
6 June 2013 – 11 August 2014
Succeeded by Carl Judge
Personal details
Born (1958-11-24) 24 November 1958 (age 55)
Brisbane, Queensland
Political party National (to 2008)
Liberal National (2008–2012)
Independent (2012–2013; 2014–)
Palmer United (2013–2014)
Profession Doctor

Alexander Rodney "Alex" Douglas (born 24 November 1958) is an Australian politician who is the member for Gaven in the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Douglas was first elected to the seat for the National Party at a 2006 by-election, but was defeated only months later at the 2006 state election. He unsuccessfully contested the House of Representatives seat of Fadden at the 2007 federal election, but won Gaven back at the 2009 state election, and was successful again at the 2012 state election, this time representing the newly-merged Liberal National Party (LNP).

In late 2012, Douglas resigned from the LNP to sit as an independent. The following year he joined the United Australia Party (now the Palmer United Party), and served as its parliamentary leader from June 2013 until August 2014, when he resigned from the position and the party.

Family and early career[edit]

Born in Brisbane, Douglas comes from a political family: his great-grandfather was John Douglas, Premier of Queensland from 1877 to 1879, and his grandfather was Henry Douglas, member for Cook from 1907 to 1915. Educated at St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, and the University of Queensland, Douglas was a general practitioner and medical officer before entering parliament, and was deputy chair of the Queensland Division of General Practice. He was also on the Central Council of the National Party.[1]

Political career[edit]

In April 2006, Douglas was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in a by-election for the previously Labor-held seat of Gaven, representing the National Party. He was appointed Deputy Opposition Whip in August, but at the 2006 state election in September he was defeated by Labor candidate Phil Gray, the same candidate he had defeated earlier that year. Douglas contested the 2007 federal election as the National Party candidate for Fadden, but was defeated by the Liberal candidate Stuart Robert.[1]

The 2009 state election saw Douglas pitted against Gray for the third consecutive time. On this occasion, Douglas, running under the banner of the newly-formed Liberal National Party, narrowly emerged as the victor, reclaiming his old seat of Gaven.[2]

On 16 June 2011, Dr Douglas was appointed as the first non-government chair of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.

On 29 November 2012, following a dispute with LNP Premier Campbell Newman over his removal from membership of parliamentary committees, Douglas resigned from the LNP to sit as an independent.[3]

On 30 April 2013, he joined the newly-created United Australia Party,[4] and became the Queensland leader of the party (since renamed the Palmer United Party) in June 2013.[5]

Douglas resigned as leader in August 2014, to protest against his lack of involvement in the preselection of candidates for the next Queensland state election, and announced his intention to quit the party and again sit as an independent.[6]

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References[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Robert Poole
Member for Gaven
2006
Succeeded by
Phil Gray
Preceded by
Phil Gray
Member for Gaven
2009–present
Incumbent