Paul Lucas (politician)

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The Honourable
Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas Queensland Politician Australia.jpg
31st Deputy Premier of Queensland
In office
13 September 2007 – 16 September 2011
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Anna Bligh
Succeeded by Andrew Fraser
Attorney General of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Cameron Dick
Succeeded by Jarrod Bleijie
Minister for Local Government of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Andrew Fraser
Succeeded by David Crisafulli
Minister for Health of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Stephen Robertson
Succeeded by Geoff Wilson
Minister for Transport and Main Roads of Queensland
In office
12 February 2004 – 13 September 2007
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by Steve Bredhauer
Succeeded by John Mickel (Transport)
Warren Pitt (Main Roads)
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Lytton
In office
5 October 1996 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Tom Burns
Succeeded by Neil Symes
Personal details
Born (1962-07-09) 9 July 1962 (age 52)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Religion Roman Catholic

Paul Thomas Lucas (born 9 July 1962) is a former Australian politician who served as the Attorney-General of Queensland and Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State in the Bligh Government and the Member for Lytton from 1996 until his retirement at the 2012 state election. Lucas was a solicitor prior to entering Parliament, and has a Bachelor degrees in Economics and in Law and a Master of Business Administration.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Queensland Parliament in October 1996 at a by-election for the seat of Lytton, vacated by former Deputy Premier Tom Burns.

Lucas was previously the Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning between September 2007 and March 2009. Lucas served as Minister for Transport and Main Roads between 2004 and 2007. Prior to that he was Minister for Innovation and Information Economy, with ministerial responsibility for Energy between 2001 and 2004.

Lucas was once under investigation for electoral malpractice in the Shepherdson Inquiry, but he was cleared of any wrongdoing.[1]

While Lucas was Minister for Transport, he was issued a speeding ticket, which his driver paid for instead due to a mix-up. The incident attracted much negative attention from the media and the public.[2]

There were calls for his resignation over the bungled rollout of a payroll system for Queensland Health workers in 2010.[3] An online petition was started by the Queensland Public Sector Union as part of a campaign to force Lucas to resign after the Auditor-General released a report which heavily criticised the implementation of the new payroll system.[4]

On 15 September 2011, Lucas announced he would step down as Deputy Premier the following day and would retire from the parliament at the next election.[5]

Community affiliations[edit]

Lucas belongs to many community organisations, including the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, and is a patron of organisations such as Bay FM, Wynnum Softball Association, Eastern districts Orchid Society Inc and the Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled and Wynnum Table Tennis. He was also a founding member of the Bayside Community Legal Service. He has played an important role in environmental issues, in particular fighting for a buffer zone between residential areas of Wynnum North and the Port of Brisbane. He has also worked to ensure that the Wynnum Manly community has benefited from the economic development of the Port and the Australia TradeCoast area.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On 20 January 2010, upon release from the Mater Private Hospital in Brisbane, Lucas admitted to having suffered an epileptic seizure but that he had returned to work and was "fighting fit", providing an example to the community that people with chronic medical conditions can participate fully in public life.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lachlan Heywood & Sam Strutt (8 March 2007). "Raid leader a Labor member". The Courier-Mail (Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ The World Today - Qld Transport Minister caught speeding Nicole Butler. 20 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Minister keeps job despite Queensland Health payroll debacle". The Australian (News Limited). 30 June 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "People power to topple health minister?". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). 3 July 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Wardill, Steven (15 September 2011). "Paul Lucas to quit politics at next state election". The Courier-Mail. 
  6. ^ Paul Lucas - State Member for Lytton.
  7. ^ Cameron Atfield (20 January 2010). "Deputy Premier reveals he has epilepsy". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Anna Bligh
Deputy Premier of Queensland
2007 – 2011
Succeeded by
Andrew Fraser
Preceded by
Cameron Dick
Attorney-General
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
Jarrod Bleijie
Preceded by
Desley Boyle
Minister for Local Government
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
David Crisafulli
Preceded by
Anna Bligh
as Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
Stirling Hinchliffe
Preceded by
Andrew Fraser
as Minister for Planning
Preceded by
Stephen Robertson
Minister for Health
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Geoff Wilson
Preceded by
Steve Bredhauer
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
2004 – 2007
Succeeded by
John Mickel
as Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
Warren Pitt
as Minister for Main Roads
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Tom Burns
Member for Lytton Succeeded by
Neil Symes
Persondata
Name Lucas, Paul
Alternative names
Short description Australian politician
Date of birth 9 July 1962
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date of death
Place of death