Desley Scott

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Desley Scott
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Woodridge
In office
17 February 2001 – 31 January 2015
Preceded by Mike Kaiser
Succeeded by Cameron Dick
Personal details
Born (1943-06-27) 27 June 1943 (age 73)
Political party Australian Labor Party

Desley Carleton Scott (born 27 June 1943 in Toowoomba) is an Australian retired Labor Party politician who was the member for Woodridge in the Parliament of Queensland from 2001 to 2015.[1]

Scott was elected to parliament at the 2001 state election, after working as an electoral officer for 16 years. She holds a dental nurse certificate.[1]

Due to the tiny size of the ALP caucus since the party's defeat at the 2012 election, she was a member of the shadow cabinet but did not become a minister as she retired at the 2015 election.[1]

At the 2012 election, Desley Scott retained her seat with a significant margin for a Labor MP of 5.8%, after a 19.57% swing against her party.[2] According to Independent MP Alex Douglas, "She was completely focussed on the needs of Woodridge residents, which in turn earned her the respect of her constituents.",[3] which led to her being one of only seven Queensland ALP MPs being elected at the 2012 election.

Opposition Period 2012-2015[edit]

Under Queensland ALP Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, Desley Scott has been given the Shadow Portfolios of Disabilities, Communities, Child Safety, Mental Health, Women and Multicultural Affairs.[1]


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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Mike Kaiser
Member for Woodridge
Succeeded by
Cameron Dick