Jim Elder (politician)

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The Hon
Jim Elder
Deputy Premier of Queensland
In office
26 June 1998 – 22 November 2000
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by Joan Sheldon
Succeeded by Paul Braddy
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Manly
In office
2 December 1989 – 19 September 1992
Preceded by Eric Shaw
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Capalaba
In office
19 September 1992 – 17 February 2001
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Michael Choi
Personal details
Born James Peter Elder
(1950-12-14) 14 December 1950 (age 67)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor
Other political
Occupation Company Manager

James Peter Elder (born 14 December 1950) is a former Australian politician. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1989 to 2001, representing Manly until 1992 and Capalaba thereafter. Originally elected as a Labor member and serving as Deputy Premier in the Beattie Government, Elder resigned from the party on 30 November 2000 following the findings of the Shepherdson Inquiry.

Elder was born in Melbourne. Before his election he was the Queensland manager for an access and scaffolding company, and was also team manager for the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team. Having been elected in 1989, he was appointed Minister for Business, Industry and Regional Development in 1992, serving until 1995. From February to July of that year he was Minister for Health, but moved to Transport until the Goss Government left office in February 1996.

After the resignation of the Goss Government and the ALP moving to the Opposition benches, he became Deputy Opposition Leader, holding the portfolio of Transport, Youth, Sport and Recreation; his responsibilities were changed to Business, Industry and Transport in December 1996. Following the election of the Beattie Government in 1998 he became Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development and Trade, but he resigned in November 2000 following adverse findings from the Shepherdson Inquiry.

Serving out the remainder of his term as an Independent MP, he did not contest the 2001 state election.[1]


  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Eric Shaw
Member for Manly
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Capalaba
Succeeded by
Michael Choi