Jeff Seeney

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The Honourable
Jeff Seeney
MP
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Deputy Premier of Queensland
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 March 2012
Premier Campbell Newman
Preceded by Andrew Fraser
Minister for State Development of Queensland
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 March 2012
Premier Campbell Newman
Preceded by Andrew Fraser
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning of Queensland
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 April 2012
Premier Campbell Newman
Preceded by Paul Lucas (as Minister for Local Government)
Leader of the Opposition of Queensland
In office
22 March 2011 – 24 March 2012
Deputy Tim Nicholls
Preceded by John-Paul Langbroek
Succeeded by Annastacia Palaszczuk
In office
14 September 2006 – 29 January 2008
Deputy Fiona Simpson
Preceded by Lawrence Springborg
Succeeded by Lawrence Springborg
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Callide
Incumbent
Assumed office
13 June 1998
Preceded by Di McCauley
Personal details
Born (1957-02-02) 2 February 1957 (age 57)
Brisbane, Queensland
Political party Liberal National Party (2008–present)
Other political
affiliations
National Party (Before 2008)

Jeffrey William Seeney (born 2 February 1957) is an Australian politician and Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning of Queensland. He has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland since the 1998 state election, representing Callide for the National Party (1998–2008) and merged Liberal National Party (2008–present).

Seeney led the opposition from September 2006 until January 2008 when he was ousted in favour of his predecessor, Lawrence Springborg. In March 2011, successive leader John-Paul Langbroek stood down in favour of Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman. Seeney was elected as deputy leader of the LNP, and became interim opposition leader while Newman led the LNP into the Queensland state election, 2012. The LNP won a landslide victory at that election, and per a previous agreement Seeney ceded his post as LNP parliamentary leader to Newman, clearing the way for Newman to become Premier of Queensland.

Political career[edit]

Jeff Seeney served on the Monto shire council from 1992 to 1998, serving as the Deputy Mayor for the last four years. During this time, he worked on the National Party's State Central Council from 1991 to 1998. He was elected to parliament in the 1998 Queensland election. Seeney was elected deputy leader of the National Party alongside leader Lawrence Springborg in February 2003.

Widely thought by parliament as an aggressive tactician he was given the role of the Leader of Opposition Business which often requires a tactical and aggressive approach. He was also Shadow Minister for Mines and Energy.[1]


Leadership[edit]

Following the coalition's loss at the 2006 state election, standing leader Lawrence Springborg relinquished leadership of the opposition and the Queensland National Party. On 18 September 2006 Jeff Seeney was endorsed as the new state National Party leader, with Maroochydore representative Fiona Simpson as his deputy.[2]

Seeney and Simpson never got along very well. This conflict, combined with the leadership instability and performance of the Liberal Party, combined to keep the opposition on the back foot.[3]

On 21 January 2008, after opinion polls showed Seeney well behind newly installed premier Anna Bligh, Springborg launched a party-room coup and ousted Seeney as leader. After the merging of the National and Liberal parties, Seeney became a member of the LNP. He returned to the shadow ministry under Springborg's successor, John-Paul Langbroek, when a November 2010 reshuffle gave him the role of Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Mines and Energy in November 2010.[4]

On 22 March 2011, Seeney once again became opposition leader, following Langbroek's resignation from that position. Campbell Newman, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, was elected his successor a few days later. Seeney was named deputy leader, replacing Springborg. After it became apparent that a by-election could not be arranged to get Newman into the legislature, it was announced that Seeney would act as interim parliamentary leader of the LNP—and hence Leader of the Opposition. Tim Nicholls served as his deputy. Newman, who had won preselection for Ashgrove, would lead the LNP election team from outside parliament. It was understood that if Newman was elected to the legislature, Seeney would cede his post as parliamentary leader to Newman.[5]

Unlike his previous tenure as a non-Labor leader, Seeney finally faced an election as a non-Labor leader in 2012 but ironically not for the purpose of becoming Premier.

The LNP won the largest majority government in Queensland history at the 2012 election. The next day, with counting still underway even though the LNP's victory was beyond doubt, Bligh resigned as premier and state Labor leader and announced her retirement from politics. Newman announced that he would name Seeney as Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, with additional responsibility for the Coordinator General. He served in an interim three-man cabinet with Newman and Nicholls until the full ministry was sworn in on 3 April.[6] He is the highest-ranking minister from the Nationals side of the merger.

Personal[edit]

Seeney received a certificate in Rural Business Management from QUT and was the former Chairman of the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO).

He is married with three children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antony Green (7 September 2006). "Queensland Election, 2006". ABC News. Retrieved 18 September 2006. 
  2. ^ Steven Wardill and Rosemary Odgers (18 September 2006). "Seeney takes National Party reins". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 September 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,21873019-3102,00.html Labor Bad, Coalition Worse | Courier Mail
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Green, Antony. Queensland election preview. Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 25 January 2012.
  6. ^ Newman to form interim cabinet on Monday. Seven News Brisbane, 25 March 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Fraser
Deputy Premier of Queensland
2012–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lawrence Springborg
Leader of the Opposition in Queensland
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Lawrence Springborg
Preceded by
John-Paul Langbroek
Leader of the Opposition in Queensland
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lawrence Springborg
Leader of the National Party in Queensland
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Lawrence Springborg
Preceded by
John-Paul Langbroek
Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal National Party in Queensland
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Campbell Newman
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Di McCauley
Member for Callide
1998–present
Incumbent