Peter Wellington

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Peter Wellington
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Nicklin
Assumed office
13 June 1998
Preceded by Neil Turner
Personal details
Political party Independent

Peter William Wellington (born 21 August 1957[1]) is an Independent member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, for the Electoral district of Nicklin. Wellington, along with fellow independent Liz Cunningham, briefly held the balance in power following the 1998 state election. Wellington's decision to back the Labor party led to Peter Beattie being anointed state premier.[2]

Before Parliament[edit]

Wellington grew up on his family's farm at Belli Park. Before entering parliament, Wellington was a police officer, and a solicitor.[3] His first success in politics was when he was elected to a seat on the Maroochy Shire council.[4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Wellington's defeat of the incumbent National Party candidate Neil Turner in the closely contested 1998 election reflected the instability in Queensland politics at the time. Nationals Premier Rob Borbidge could theoretically have formed government with the backing of Wellington, Gladstone independent Liz Cunningham, and the eleven elected members of the One Nation Party. After some deliberation however, Wellington chose to back the Australian Labor Party on matters of supply and confidence, although he would withdraw that support in the event of "any evidence of gross fraud, misappropriation or illegal activities."[5] As a result, state ALP leader Peter Beattie was able to form a minority government.

Wellington held the balance of power for only a few months, until One Nation MP Charles Rappolt resigned from Parliament. ALP candidate Warren Pitt won the resulting by-election, and the ALP was able to form government in its own right.[6]

Despite the loss of the balance of power, Wellington remains popular in his electorate. At the 2006 state election, he was able to easily see off National Party challenger Steve Morrison in order to secure a fourth term.[7]

Wellington made headlines again in 2001 when he was severely injured in a farming accident which crushed both of his legs. He suffered a broken collarbone, pelvis, as well as head and leg injuries, and it was at first feared that he would lose one or both of his legs. However, he pulled through without the need for any amputation, and rejoined parliament a couple of months after the accident.[8]

Wellington currently serves on the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.

Daylight saving bill[edit]

In early 2010, the Daylight Saving for South East Queensland (DS4SEQ) political party approached Wellington to introduce a private member's Bill for daylight saving. As Wellington agreed with the dual time zone approach, he introduced the Daylight Saving for South East Queensland Referendum Bill 2010 into Queensland Parliament on 14 April 2010.[9] Wellington has called for a referendum to be held at the next State election, on introduction of daylight saving in South East Queensland. The Bill proposes a split time zone for Queensland and has suggested that the local government areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim, Redland and Moreton Bay be considered to be included in the daylight saving time zone while the rest of the state remains on standard time. The Bill was defeated in Queensland Parliament on 15 June 2011.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Parliament of Queensland Bio - Peter Wellington, retrieved 24 November 2007
  2. ^ The Poll Bludger - Nicklin, retrieved 24 November 2007
  3. ^ Profile of Nicklin Candidates - Peter Wellington, retrieved 24 November 2007 Archived September 10, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Can't Stop Peter", Sunshine Coast Daily, 29 July 2007
  5. ^ 1998 Queensland Election, Parliament of Australia, Parliamentary Library, retrieved 24 November 2007
  6. ^ ABC - 1998 in Review, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 24 November 2007
  7. ^ "I won't be back", The Courier-Mail, 9 September 2006
  8. ^ Wellington set to return to parliament after accident, PM, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 28 August 2001
  9. ^ "Daylight Saving for South East Queensland Referendum Bill 2010". 14 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  10. ^ "Daylight saving silence 'deafening'". 16 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Neil Turner
Member for Nicklin