Bill D'Arcy

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Bill D'Arcy
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Albert
In office
27 May 1972 – 7 December 1974
Preceded by Bill Heatley
Succeeded by Ivan Gibbs
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Woodridge
In office
12 November 1977 – 9 January 2000
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Mike Kaiser
Personal details
Born William Theodore D'Arcy
(1939-07-31) 31 July 1939 (age 79)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor
Occupation Teacher, Business consultant

William Theodore "Bill" D'Arcy (born 31 July 1939) is a former Australian politician. He was the Labor member for Albert (1972–74) and Woodridge (1977–2000) in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

D'Arcy was born in Brisbane. He worked as a teacher and business consultant before his entry into politics.

He was first elected to parliament at the 1972 election for the seat of Albert following Liberal MLA Bill Heatley's death, but he was defeated at the 1974 election. He returned to the Assembly in 1977 as the member for the new seat of Woodridge. In 1987 he was appointed Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Sport and Racing, and in February 1980 became Deputy Leader of the Opposition, serving until 1982. He held his seat until his resignation in January 2000.[1][2]

Later in 2000 he was convicted of a number of sexual offences against children from his days as a sole teacher at country primary schools in the 1960s and 1970s. D'Arcy was released in 2007.[2]

On Nov 13, 2011 an article appeared in the Australian Newspaper reporting D’Arcy as strongly protesting his innocence of all charges and claiming that “private investigators, psychologists and lawyers” had built a case that would prove his innocence. In reply Queensland Attorney-General Paul Lucas dismissed his claims. “ I have nothing but contempt for Bill D’Arcy,” he said.“ [3]


  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Alex Dickinson (14 December 2007). "Former Labor MP served seven years for child sex offences". Courier-Mail. 
  3. ^ Michael McKenna, D’Arcy’s New Bid to Clear his Name, The Australian, Nov 13, 2011.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Bill Heatley
Member for Albert
Succeeded by
Ivan Gibbs
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Woodridge
Succeeded by
Mike Kaiser