|16th Lord Mayor of Brisbane |
Elections: 2012, 2016
|Assumed office |
7 April 2011
|Preceded by||Campbell Newman|
|Deputy Lord Mayor of Brisbane|
16 March 2008 – 7 April 2011
|Succeeded by||Adrian Schrinner|
|Leader of the Opposition |
of Brisbane City Council
18 April 2004 – 16 March 2008
|Succeeded by||Shayne Sutton|
|Political party||Liberal National Party of Queensland|
Graham Quirk (born c. 1958) is an Australian politician serving as the 16th and current Lord Mayor of Brisbane. From 2008 until 2011, he was Deputy Lord Mayor under Campbell Newman, succeeding the latter when Newman became the Premier of Queensland. Quirk has served as a Councillor in the City of Brisbane since 1985. Quirk is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, affiliated federally with the Liberal Party of Australia.
Quirk was elected as Lord Mayor in his own right in a landslide at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election, winning 68.3% of the TPP mayoral vote and 18 of the 26 local wards. The Liberal National's increased their representation at the 2016 Brisbane City Council election to 19 wards, albeit with a smaller margin in the mayoral race with Quirk winning 59.3% of the TPP vote.
Quirk, an alumnus of St James College, entered Brisbane City Council when elected as Councillor for Rochedale Ward in 1985, aged 27. After three years he was appointed the city's Finance Chairman under Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson and was later appointed Works Chairman. He then served as Opposition Spokesman on Development and Planning, Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Opposition Spokesman on Transport and Traffic.
He served as Deputy Opposition Leader and was Opposition Leader at the time of Campbell Newman's election as Lord Mayor in 2004. Quirk was elected as Deputy Liberal Leader to Campbell Newman and was appointed to the role of Chairman of Transport and Major Projects (later known as Roads, TransApex and Traffic). In this role he administered one-third of the Council's total budget expenditure for the implementation of TransApex, the road network and traffic management.
In 2008 the LNP gained a majority of councillors and Quirk took on the roles of Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee. Following Newman's departure from Lord Mayorship to enter state politics, Quirk was appointed the new Lord Mayor of Brisbane City.
Quirk is married to wife Anne. They have three daughters, with the eldest having cerebral palsy.
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