Desley Boyle

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The Honourable
Desley Boyle
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Psych, M.B.A
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Minister for Local Government of Queensland
Local Government and Planning (2004–2006)
In office
26 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
Preceded by Andrew Fraser
Succeeded by Paul Lucas
In office
12 February 2004 – 13 September 2006
Preceded by Nita Cunningham
Succeeded by Andrew Fraser
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships of Queensland
In office
25 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
Preceded by Lindy Nelson-Carr
Succeeded by Curtis Pitt
Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry of Queensland
In office
19 September 2007 – 26 March 2009
Preceded by Margaret Keech Tourism
John Mickel (as State Development and Industrial Relations)
Succeeded by Jan Jarratt
Minister for Child Safety of Queensland
In office
13 September 2006 – 19 September 2007
Preceded by Michael Reynolds
Succeeded by Margaret Keech
Minister for the Environment of Queensland
In office
25 August 2004 – 13 September 2006
Preceded by John Mickel
Succeeded by Lindy Nelson-Carr
Minister for Women of Queensland
In office
11 March 2004 – 13 September 2006
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Linda Lavarch
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Cairns
In office
13 June 1998 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Keith De Lacy
Succeeded by Gavin King
Personal details
Born (1948-03-29) 29 March 1948 (age 70)
Political party Labor

Desley Carole Boyle (born 29 March 1948) is a former Labor politician. Boyle represented the electoral district of Cairns, Queensland in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland and was elected in the 1998 State election and served until 2012 [1]


Boyle was the director and clinical psychologist for Desley Boyle and Associates, in Cairns.[1] She held a position with the Cairns' local government from 1988 to 1994, including two years as Deputy Mayor.[1]

Boyle held various positions in the Beattie Ministry. She was appointed Minister for Local Government and Planning in February 2004, and added the new post of Minister for Women a month later. In August 2004, she also added Minister for Minister for the Environment. In a September 2006 reshuffle, she was appointed Minister for Child Safety.

When Anna Bligh took over from Beattie in September 2007, Boyle was appointed Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry. Following the 2009 election, she returned to the Local Government portfolio as Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. On 17 February 2011, Boyle announced that she would be retiring at the 2012 state election and stood down from Cabinet four days later.

At the election, Labor lost the seat to Gavin King of the Liberal National Party.

Personal life[edit]

Desley lives in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland.[1] She has three children and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include theater, film and contemporary music.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Queensland Parliamentary Website Accessed 22 March 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Terry Mackenroth
Minister for Local Government and Planning
2004 – 2006
Succeeded by
Andrew Fraser
Preceded by
Mike Reynolds
Minister for Child Safety
2006 – 2007
Succeeded by
Margaret Keech
New title Minister for Women
2004 – 2006
Preceded by
John Mickel
Minister for the Environment
2004 – 2006
Succeeded by
Lindy Nelson-Carr
Preceded by
Margaret Keech
Minister for Tourism
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
Peter Lawlor
New title Minister for Regional Development
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
Tim Mulherin
Minister for Industry
2007 – 2009
Portfolio abolished
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Keith De Lacy
Member for Cairns
1998 – 2012
Succeeded by
Gavin King