Carl Judge

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Carl Judge
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Yeerongpilly
Assumed office
24 March 2012
Preceded by Simon Finn
Personal details
Political party Liberal National Party of Queensland (24 March 2012 – 29 November 2012)
Independent (29 November 2012 – 30 April 2013, 8 October 2014 – present)
Palmer United Party (30 April 2013 – 8 October 2014)

Carl John Judge is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly since March 2012. He was elected as a member of the Liberal National Party, but quit the party to sit as an independent on 29 November 2012. He then joined the new Palmer United Party on 30 April 2013,[1] but became an independent again on 8 October 2014.[2]

Education and career before politics[edit]

Judge holds a number of tertiary qualifications, including the Advanced Certificate in Policing, Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Investigation), Bachelor of Policing, Graduate Certificate in Professional Management and Master of Human Services Management and Policy.

Judge completed a trade qualification as a motor mechanic and then joined the Queensland Police Service. He served as a uniformed police officer and detective across the State over 20 years in a variety of operational roles, including the arson, fraud and animal protection squads, before specialising as a detective in child protection. He then served in legislation and policy development roles, with his work including amendments to Queensland's child protection legislation.

Political career[edit]

Judge defeated Simon Finn at the 2012 state election and is the first Liberal/Liberal National Party member to hold the seat, formerly called Yeronga, since 1989.[3] Judge was appointed to the Queensland Parliament's Member, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on 18 May 2012.

On 29 November 2012, Judge resigned from the Liberal National Party to sit as an independent, after having been excluded from party meetings earlier in the week, and then disendorsed by a vote of the parliamentary party.[4] In March 2014 a Palmer United Party DVD sent out to voters in the electorate of Kawana listed Judge as the party's candidate for that seat at the next Queensland state election.[5] However he announced on 8 October 2014 that he had quit the Palmer United Party and would contest his seat of Yeerongpilly at the next state election as an independent candidate.[2] Prior to quitting the PUP he was briefly the party's leader in Queensland.


Judge has received the Queensland Police Service Medal, the National Police Service Medal and the Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation 2010–11.


  1. ^ "Queensland MPs Alex Douglas and Carl Judge join Clive Palmer's United Australia Party". The Courier-Mail. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b Tin, Jason (8 October 2014). "Queensland MP Carl Judge quits Palmer United Party". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "Yeerongpilly". Queensland Votes 2012. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  4. ^ "LNP votes to disendorse first-term MP". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  5. ^ SteveZ (15 March 2014). "PUP candidate denies abandoning Brisbane with Kawana move". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 

External links[edit]

Carl Judge, Queensland Parliament member biography

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Simon Finn
Member for Yeerongpilly