Chris Davis (politician)

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Dr Chris Davis
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Stafford
In office
24 March 2012 – 23 May 2014
Preceded by Stirling Hinchliffe
Succeeded by Anthony Lynham
Assistant Minister for Health
of Queensland
In office
3 April 2012 – 13 May 2014
Premier Campbell Newman
Personal details
Born Christopher Karl Davis
(1953-10-13) 13 October 1953 (age 63)
Cape Town, South Africa
Political party Liberal National Party
(2011-2014)
Spouse(s) Dr Katharine Sinclair
Alma mater University of Cape Town
Profession Physician

Dr Christopher Karl "Chris" Davis (born 13 October 1953) is a former Australian Liberal National politician who was the member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Stafford, having defeated Stirling Hinchliffe at the 2012 state election until he resigned in May 2014.[1] He was appointed Assistant Minister for Health on 3 April 2012, but was expelled from the ministry for breaches of cabinet solidarity.[2]

Before entering parliament Dr Davis worked as the director of geriatric medicine at The Prince Charles Hospital. He has served as president of the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association and was the state chair of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

On 13 May 2014, Davis was sacked from Cabinet in response to his speaking against the government on a number of matters. Premier Campbell Newman said Davis had failed to observe the convention that cabinet members and assistant ministers are bound by collective decision making.[3] Although Davis initially stated that he intended to retire at the next state election, he resigned from the Parliament on 23 May 2014.[4] A 2014 Stafford by-election was held on Saturday 19 July 2014.

On 25 July 2014, in an interview on the ABC's 7.30 Queensland, Davis stated that he had resigned from the Liberal National Party and had spoken to Australian Labor Party state secretary Anthony Chisholm about the potential for continuing his political career with Labor, potentially running in Newman's seat of Ashgrove.[5] The following day, Leader of the Opposition Annastacia Palaszczuk stated that Davis was not a member of the Labor Party and would not be running as a Labor candidate.[6] On the same day, Davis submitted his application to join the Labor Party, and also stated that he was interested in federal politics if he was unsuccessful in obtaining a state seat.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/elections/qld/2012/guide/staf.htm
  2. ^ "Premier announces new Ministry". Department of Premier and Cabinet. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Ironside, Robyn, & Brennan, Rose (14 May 2014). "Premier Campbell Newman sacks Chris Davis as assistant health minister". Courier-Mail. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chris Davis resigns as Queensland MP for Stafford". ABC News. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chris Davis, former LNP member for Stafford, could run for Labor at next Queensland election". ABC News. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chris Davis, former LNP minister, ruled out of running as Labor candidate in Newman's seat of Ashgrove". ABC News. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Former Queensland Liberal National Party MP Chris Davis applies to join ALP". ABC News. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Stirling Hinchliffe
Member for Stafford
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Anthony Lynham