David Janetzki

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David Janetzki
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Shadow Treasurer of Queensland
Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade
Assumed office
16 November 2020
LeaderDavid Crisafulli
Preceded byTim Mander
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Queensland
Deputy Leader of the Liberal National Party
In office
12 November 2020 – 13 March 2022
LeaderDavid Crisafulli
Preceded byTim Mander
Succeeded byJarrod Bleijie
Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Minister for Justice
In office
15 December 2017 – 16 November 2020
LeaderDeb Frecklington
Preceded byIan Walker
Succeeded byTim Nicholls
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Toowoomba South
Assumed office
16 July 2016
Preceded byJohn McVeigh
Personal details
David Carl Janetzki

(1978-06-28) 28 June 1978 (age 44)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party
Spouse(s)Melinda Janetzki
EducationB Econ/LLB(Hons)
ProfessionLawyer, Banker

David Carl Janetzki (born 28 June 1978) is an Australian politician. He was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly representing the seat of Toowoomba South for the Liberal National Party at a Toowoomba South state by-election in July 2016.[1]

Janetzki was appointed Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade in November 2020.[2] He previously held the positions of Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice from December 2017 to October 2020.[3] In February 2022, he announced he would step down as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, effective in March 2022, but retain his other shadow portfolios, due to "family challenges" in the past few years.[4]

Early life[edit]

Janetzki was born in Toowoomba and raised on the family dairy farm between Brymaroo and Jondaryan, located on the Darling Downs.[5] His German ancestors settled the Darling Downs in the late 1800s.[6]

His father is a stalwart of the agriculture show movement and is currently the Darling Downs Sub-Chamber President.[7]


Janetzki attended small country schools including Acland State School (alma mater of Alan Jones) and Jondaryan State School (alma mater of Toowoomba South predecessor John McVeigh).[5]

He graduated from Concordia Lutheran College where he had been School Captain, Head Boarder Boy and First XI Cricket Captain.[5]

He has economics and law degrees (honours) from the University of Queensland. He also hold an A.Mus.A (Piano).[8]

Career before Parliament[edit]

Janetzki worked at Brisbane law firm ClarkeKann, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and in London with the Manpower Group. He specialised in commercial law and litigation.[9] Upon returning home to Toowoomba in 2007, he served as Heritage Bank's General Counsel and Company Secretary.[9]

He was a finalist in the 2010 Australian Young Inhouse Lawyer of the Year and was recognised in 2015 as one of Australia's leading inhouse banking and finance lawyers by the Doyle's Guide.[10][11]

In 2014, Janetzki was appointed to the Board of Opera Queensland.[12]

He also served as the independent Chairman of the Southern Downs Regional Council Audit and Risk Management Committee.


Janetzki is married and has three children.[8] His wife Melinda (van der Meulen) is a coloratura operatic soprano who has performed at the Sydney Opera House and for European opera companies.[13]

Community Interests[edit]

Janetzki regularly promotes social enterprise and, prior to his election, was a director of the Vanguard Laundry Services project in Toowoomba.[14] The project and its founder, social entrepreneur Luke Terry, won the Capital Impact Award at the 2016 Australian Social Enterprise Awards.[15]

Janetzki also worked with many local community organisations including the Empire Theatres Foundation (Deputy Chairman), the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Director) and the Salem/Northridge aged care facility.[9]


  1. ^ "Toowoomba South: LNP's David Janetzki claims victory in by-election". ABC News. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Subscribe to the Chronicle".
  3. ^ https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/jantezki-watts-get-opposition-cabinet-roles/3291576/
  4. ^ "Qld deputy opposition leader steps down". 7News. 26 February 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b c www.firewave.com.au, Firewave Design -. "David Janetzki MP - Member for Toowoomba South - About David". davidjanetzki.com.au. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  6. ^ "DJ Maiden Speech" (PDF).
  7. ^ Lyne, Amy. "Oakey Show honours one of their own". Chronicle. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  8. ^ a b Queensland, c=AU; o=The State of Queensland; ou=Parliament of. "Member Details". www.parliament.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "David Janetzki Linkedin".
  10. ^ "Leading In-House Banking & Finance Lawyers, 2015". Doyle's Guide. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  11. ^ "2010 Winners and Finalists - ACC Australia". acla.acc.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  12. ^ Dodd, Kate. "Toowoomba opera enthusiast reaches new height". Queensland Times. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Melinda Janetzki" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Heritage Bank appoints new Head of Banking Operations | 2016 | News | Heritage Bank". Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  15. ^ "SEA 2016 › 2016 Winners". SEA 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by Member for Toowoomba South