Keith Wright (Australian politician)

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Keith Wright
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Capricornia
In office
1 December 1984 – 13 March 1993
Preceded by Doug Everingham
Succeeded by Marjorie Henzell
Leader of the Opposition of Queensland
In office
20 October 1982 – 29 August 1984
Preceded by Ed Casey
Succeeded by Nev Warburton
Personal details
Born (1942-01-09) 9 January 1942 (age 72)
Toowoomba, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) 1. Jenifer Mary Dawson (1964)
2. Allison Donohue (1987)[1]
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Teacher

Keith Webb Wright (born 9 January 1942) is a former Australian politician[1] and an educator. Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, he was educated at the University of Queensland and Kelvin Grove Teachers College[1] in Brisbane before becoming a teacher and author.

On 17 May 1969, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labor member for Rockhampton South and after a seat redistribution, represented Rockhampton (1972–1984).[2] In 1982, he became Leader of the Opposition, with Labor in 1983 coming within one seat (and perhaps 3,000 votes) of toppling the National Party government led by Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Wright remained opposition leader until he left the Assembly in 1984, transferring to federal politics as the Labor MP for Capricornia in the Australian House of Representatives. In 2006, the Australian Electoral Commission formed a new electoral division, taking territory from Capricornia and the neighbouring divisions of Hinkler, Maranoa and Wide Bay. The Commission suggested naming it the "Division of Wright" in honour of the poet Judith Wright Wright now runs a company, International Language Academy, which trains TESOL teachers in Southeast Asia.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Wright, Keith Webb". Former Members. Parliament of Queensland. 
  2. ^ "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and of the Legislative Council 1860-1922". Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Keith Wright says sorry for sexual sins that landed him in jail". The Courier-Mail. 18 December 2009. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Colin Carige
Member for Capricornia
Succeeded by
Marjorie Henzell

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