Alex Douglas (politician)

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Dr Alex Douglas
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Gaven
In office
1 April 2006 – 9 September 2006
Preceded by Robert Poole
Succeeded by Phil Gray
In office
21 March 2009 – 31 January 2015
Preceded by Phil Gray
Succeeded by Sid Cramp
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 56)
Brisbane, Queensland
Political party National (to 2008)
Liberal National (2008–2012)
Independent (2012–2013; 2014–)
Palmer United (2013–2014)
Relations John Douglas (great grandfather), Henry Douglas (Queensland politician) (grandfather)
Profession Doctor

Alexander Rodney "Alex" Douglas (born 24 November 1958) is an Australian politician. He was a National Party of Australia member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from April to September 2006, representing the electorate of Gaven. He was elected for the same seat as a Liberal National Party member in 2009, and re-elected in 2012.

In late 2012, he left the Liberal National Party to sit as an independent, and subsequently joined the Palmer United Party in June 2013, serving as its state leader. He resigned from the Palmer United Party in August 2014 and again sat as an independent for the final months of his term, but was defeated at the 2015 state election.

Family and early career[edit]

Born in Brisbane, Douglas comes from a political family: his great-grandfather was John Douglas, Premier of Queensland[1] from 1877 to 1879, and his grandfather was Henry Douglas, member for Cook from 1907 to 1915. Douglas[2] is also a direct descendent of King Robert II of Scotland,[3] of William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas[4] and of William Douglas, 1st Earl of Queensberry,[5][6] and is related to the current (12th) Marquess of Queensberry.[7] His uncle is federal MP Bob Katter.

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.[8]

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.[8]

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.[9]

On 16 June 2011, 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.[10]

On 30 April 2013, he joined the newly created United Australia Party,[11] and became the Queensland leader of the party (since renamed the Palmer United Party) in June 2013.[12]

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. At the same time, he announced he was quitting the party as well, and would once again sit as an independent. Party founder and federal leader Clive Palmer, himself a Queenslander, countered that Judge had been in talks to merge with Katter's Australian Party, led by his uncle.[13]

References[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Robert Poole
Member for Gaven
2006
Succeeded by
Phil Gray
Preceded by
Phil Gray
Member for Gaven
2009–2015
Succeeded by
Sid Cramp