Graeme McDougall

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Graeme McDougall
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Griffith
In office
2 March 1996 – 3 October 1998
Preceded by Ben Humphreys
Succeeded by Kevin Rudd
Brisbane City Councillor for
Chandler Ward
Carina Ward (1988-1994)
In office
12 March 1988 – 2 March 1996
Succeeded by Michael Caltabiano
Personal details
Born (1946-11-21) 21 November 1946 (age 68)
New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation Small businessman

Graeme Robert McDougall (born 21 November 1946) is an Australian politician who was the Liberal Party of Australia member of the House of Representatives for the electorate of Griffith in Queensland from 2 March 1996 to 3 October 1998.

Born in New South Wales, McDougall was a small businessman and alderman for the Brisbane City Council.[1] In the 1996 federal election, he stood as the Liberal candidate in Griffith. Although the retiring Labor MP, Ben Humphreys, had held it without serious difficulty since 1977, the recent redistribution had cut Labor's majority almost in half, to a somewhat marginal four percent. Additionally, Labor was very unpopular in Queensland. McDougall defeated Labor candidate Kevin Rudd on the eighth count, largely due to getting a large flow of National preferences on the seventh count. Labor was cut down to only two seats in the state, its worst showing there since 1975.[2]

Rudd, who would later go on to become leader of the Australian Labor Party and eventually Prime Minister, successfully re-contested Griffith in the 1998 election.[3]

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ben Humphreys
Member for Griffith
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Kevin Rudd