David Gibson (Australian politician)

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David Gibson
MP
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Gympie MP David Gibson
Chair, State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Preceded by Ted Malone
Minister for Police and Community Safety of Queensland
In office
3 April 2012 – 16 April 2012
Premier Campbell Newman
Preceded by Neil Roberts (Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services)
Succeeded by Jack Dempsey
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Gympie
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 September 2006
Preceded by Elisa Roberts
Personal details
Born David Francis Gibson
(1967-10-13) 13 October 1967 (age 46)
Fremantle, Western Australia
Political party Liberal National (2008-present)
Other political
affiliations
National (2006–2008)
Spouse(s) Alice
Children 5
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Military service
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Rank Captain
Awards Australian Defence Medal

David Francis Gibson (born 13 October 1967) is an Australian politician.

In 2006, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the National Party member for Gympie, defeating sitting independent Elisa Roberts, a former One Nation MP. He joined the Liberal National Party when it formed in September 2008.

Early life[edit]

David was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, as the eldest of two children to deaf parents. As a child of deaf adults he took on the role of interpreting for his parents to help them communicate in a hearing world.

Early career[edit]

Gibson began his military career in 1985 as an Army Reserve Private in the West Australian University Regiment whilst still at high school. In 1986 he entered the Royal Military College Duntroon and graduated serving as an Army officer for 8 ½ years before embarking on a career in media marketing and management.

In 2001 he commenced working for the APN Newspaper The NewsMail as its Newspaper Sales and Marketing Manager. In June 2004 he was promoted as to the position of General Manager of the APN publication The Gympie Times in Gympie, Queensland.

Parliamentary career[edit]

David was elected to the Queensland Parliament at the September 2006 state election, winning the safe Independent seat of Gympie for the National Party from a field of seven candidates. In the 52nd Parliament he served on the Public Accounts Committee. Promoted to Shadow Cabinet 16 months after entering Parliament he took on the responsibilities as Shadow Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change & Innovation, and Shadow Minister for Clean Energy Strategy. Re-elected in the March 2009 state election, the electorate of Gympie was the safest seat in the Parliament. He held the senior portfolio as the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Planning until September 2010.

He was the first member of any Parliament in Australia to give a maiden speech in sign language and many give him credit for lobbying to bring the National Week of Deaf People activities into the Parliament, including the provisions of interpreters for Question Time and a debate between members of the deaf community and Members of Parliament on disability issues in 2009.[1] David was also the first MP to engage a Deaf student as an intern.[2]

Following the LNP winning government in the 2012 state election David was promoted to minister for Police and Community Safety.[3]

Prior to the 2012 state election, he was the Shadow Minister for Local Government and the Shadow Minister for Sport.

On 16 April 2012, Gibson resigned over allegations he had driven with a suspended licence.[4] On 3 July 2012, Gibson pleaded guilty to driving whilst his license was suspended and was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $300.[5]

On the July 18, 2012, the Newman Government unveiled a ‘blueprint’ to reinvigorate the Mary Valley, after the previous Labor Government's failed Traveston Crossing Dam project and appointed Gibson to chair the Mary Valley Economic Development Advisory Group. .[6]

On 15 November 2012, Gibson was appointed to chair the State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee.[7]

On 22 November 2013, Mr Gibson was appointed to chair the Select Committee on Ethics in the Queensland Parliament, which was established with the responsibility of investigating and reporting on matters relating to the Dr Ken Levy’s evidence to the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.[8]

On 22 April 2014, Mr Gibson stepped down as chairman of Parliament's Select Ethics Committee after it was revealed he was charged with theft in 1999. Mr Gibson's resignation came after a former Liberal National Party (LNP) member turned independent candidate Scott Elms released court documents that show Mr Gibson was charged with four counts of theft while serving in the Army.He was accused of creating false invoices worth about $7,000. Mr Gibson said today he pleaded guilty but no conviction was recorded.[9]

On 2 May 2014, Mr Gibson announced the end of his political career, revealing that he was experiencing a nervous breakdown. Mr Gibson stated that he will be departing from political life and will not be running as a candidate at the next state election.[10]

Community activities[edit]

Gibson is a member of the Gympie Apex club and has held executive roles on local P&Cs at his children’s schools and various community organisations.

He is a director of Deaf Services Queensland.[11]

Personal[edit]

He is married and has a blended family of five children: four sons and a daughter. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) having joined in 1989. He served as a missionary in Sydney.[12][13]

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Elisa Roberts
Member for Gympie
2006–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Malone
Chair, State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee
2012-present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Roberts
as Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
Minister for Police and Community Safety
2012
Succeeded by
Jack Dempsey