Dean Wells (politician)

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The Honourable
Dean Wells
Member of Parliament
for Petrie
In office
5 March 1983 – 1 December 1984
Preceded by John Hodges
Succeeded by John Hodges
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Murrumba
In office
1 November 1986 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Joe Kruger
Succeeded by Reg Gulley
Personal details
Born (1949-01-13) 13 January 1949 (age 68)
Hiroshima, Japan
Nationality Australian
Political party ALP
Alma mater Monash University
Profession Lawyer, lecturer

Dean MacMillan Wells (born 13 January 1949) is an Australian politician. He was a ALP member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1986 to 2012[1] and was a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1983 to 1984.

Born of Australian parents in Hiroshima, Japan, he was educated at Monash University before becoming a lawyer. Later, he was a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Queensland and an author and political commentator. In the autumn of 1981 he lectured at Saint David's University College, Lampeter in Wales. In 1983, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Petrie, defeating sitting Liberal member John Hodges. Hodges defeated Wells in 1984. In 1986, Wells was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the member for Murrumba, and in 1989 was appointed Attorney-General, a position he held until 1995. In 1998, he was appointed Minister for Education; in 2001 he was shifted to become Minister for the Environment, a position he held until 2004.[2] He was defeated in the 2012 election by the Liberal National Party's Reg Gulley.


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  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 26 July 2008. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Hodges
Member for Petrie
Succeeded by
John Hodges
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Joe Kruger
Member for Murrumba
Succeeded by
Reg Gulley