Alex Douglas (politician)
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
April 2006 – August 2006
|Preceded by||Robert Poole|
|Succeeded by||Phil Gray|
21 March 2009
|Preceded by||Phil Gray|
|Born||10 December 1953|
|Political party||Liberal National Party of Queensland (2009-2012)
United Australia Party (Palmer) (2013-present)
Dr Alexander Rodney (Alex) Douglas (born 24 November 1958) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland since 2009, representing the district of Gaven. He was elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2012 as a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, but resigned from the party to sit as an independent later that year and then joined a newly created United Australia Party on 30 April 2013. He became the Queensland leader of The United Australia Party which was subsequently renamed the Palmer United Party nationally but is still registered under its original name in Queensland.
Born in Brisbane, he comes of 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. He 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, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in a by-election for the Labor 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 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.
- "Queensland MPs Alex Douglas and Carl Judge join Clive Palmer's United Australia Party". The Courier-Mail. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "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.
|Parliament of Queensland|
|Member for Gaven
|Member for Gaven