Alex Douglas (politician)
|Dr. Alex Douglas
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
21 March 2009
|Preceded by||Phil Gray|
1 April 2006 – 9 September 2006
|Preceded by||Robert Poole|
|Succeeded by||Phil Gray|
|Leader of the Palmer United Party in Queensland|
6 June 2013 – 11 August 2014
|Succeeded by||Carl Judge|
24 November 1958 |
|Political party||National (to 2008)
Liberal National (2008–2012)
Independent (2012–2013; 2014–)
Palmer United (2013–2014)
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
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.
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.
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.
On 16 June 2011, Dr Douglas was appointed as the first non-government chair of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.
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.
- "Douglas, Alexander Rodney (Alex)". Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
- "Labor's Gray concedes defeat in Gaven". ABC. 26 March 2009.
- "Liberal National Party MPs Carl Judge and Alex Douglas resign from party to become independents". Coutier Mail. 29 November 2012.
- "Queensland MPs Alex Douglas and Carl Judge join Clive Palmer's United Australia Party". The Courier-Mail. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- Kym Agius (11 August 2014). "Palmer United Party Queensland leader Alex Douglas quits amid claims of 'jobs for the boys'" – ABC News. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
|Parliament of Queensland|
|Member for Gaven
|Member for Gaven