Keith Wright (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
1 December 1984 – 13 March 1993
|Preceded by||Doug Everingham|
|Succeeded by||Marjorie Henzell|
|Leader of the Opposition of Queensland|
20 October 1982 – 29 August 1984
|Preceded by||Ed Casey|
|Succeeded by||Nev Warburton|
9 January 1942 |
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||1. Jenifer Mary Dawson (1964)
2. Allison Donohue (1987)
|Alma mater||University of Queensland|
Keith Webb Wright (born 9 January 1942) is a former Australian politician and convicted sex offender. Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, he was educated at the University of Queensland and Kelvin Grove Teachers College 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). 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 1993, he was charged with under-age sex offences and rape, and as a result lost his Labor endorsement. He contested the 1993 election as an independent, gaining 5.9% of the vote but losing to endorsed ALP candidate Marjorie Henzell. In December 1993 he was convicted and jailed for more than five years.
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, but inevitable association with Keith Wright led them to name it instead the Division of Flynn after John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A Division of Wright, named after Judith Wright and based in the Gold Coast Hinterland, was first contested at the 2010 election.
- "Wright, Keith Webb". Former Members. Parliament of Queensland.
- "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and of the Legislative Council 1860-1922". Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Keith Wright says sorry for sexual sins that landed him in jail". The Courier-Mail. 18 December 2009.
- Carr, Adam. "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2011-04-31.
- "Public inquiry to reassess 'Wright' seat name". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Capricornia