Don Lane (politician)

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Don Lane
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Merthyr
In office
24 July 1971 – 13 May 1989
Preceded byRay Ramsden
Succeeded bySanto Santoro
Personal details
Donald Frederick Lane

(1935-07-18)18 July 1935
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Died11 March 1995(1995-03-11) (aged 59)
Resting placePinnaroo Cemetery
Political partyNational Party
Other political
Liberal Party, Independent
OccupationPolice Officer

Donald Frederick (Don) Lane (18 June 1935 – 11 March 1995) was a Minister of Transport in the Bjelke-Petersen state of Queensland's coalition government.[1] A former policeman in the Special Branch, in 1971 he was elected as the Liberal member for Merthyr.[1] In 1983 he switched to the National Party, providing it with a majority, and was rewarded with a ministry. Following revelations in the Fitzgerald Inquiry, he and three other Bjelke-Petersen ministers (including Leisha Harvey and Brian Austin) were tried in the District Court and sentenced to twelve months imprisonment for falsifying their expense accounts. His autobiography, Trial and Error was published in 1993 by Boolarong Publications.

Lane died in 1995[1] and was buried in Pinnaroo Cemetery.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. ^ Lane Donald Frederick Archived 21 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 20 July 2014.

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Ray Ramsden
Member for Merthyr
1971 - 1989
Succeeded by
Santo Santoro