Jon Sullivan

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Jon Sullivan
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Longman
In office
24 November 2007 – 21 August 2010
Preceded by Mal Brough
Succeeded by Wyatt Roy
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Glass House
In office
2 December 1989 – 19 September 1992
Preceded by Bill Newton
Succeeded by Electorate abolished
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Caboolture
In office
19 September 1992 – 13 June 1998
Preceded by Ken Hayward
Succeeded by Bill Feldman
Personal details
Born (1950-11-10) 10 November 1950 (age 67)
Bulli, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Carryn Sullivan

Jonathan Harold "Jon" Sullivan (born 10 November 1950), an Australian politician, was a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 2007 to 2010, representing the seat of Longman for the Australian Labor Party and previously, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1989 to 1998, representing the seat of Glass House from 1989 to 1992, and Caboolture from 1992 to 1998.[1]

Sullivan won the seat of Longman for the Labor Party from the Liberal Party at the 2007 federal election.[2] Sullivan defeated government minister Mal Brough.[2] It was one of a number of Labor gains at that election which propelled the party from opposition to government. However, the seat was returned to the Liberal National Party of Queensland at the 2010 election, when Sullivan was defeated by 20-year-old candidate, Wyatt Roy.

In the closing week of the 2010 federal election campaign, Sullivan gained national media attention due to a gaffe where he criticised the father of a seven-year-old child with a disability for waiting two years on a Queensland Health waiting list.[3] Sullivan apologised to the father and his family.[4]

Before entering federal politics, Sullivan was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. He was the Labor member for Caboolture from 1989 to 1998. He lost the seat to Bill Feldman, the One Nation candidate at the 1998 Queensland state election.

His wife, Carryn Sullivan, also an Australian politician, was also a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, representing between 2001 and 2012 the seat of Pumicestone for Labor.[5]


  1. ^ "Jon Sullivan MP". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Brough considers future after election loss". ABC News. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Dickinson, Alex (20 August 2010). "MP Jon Sullivan jeered after 'cruel' words to father of disabled child". Courier Mail. News Limited. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Marshall, Candice (20 August 2010). "Longman MP apologises for disabilities remark". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Taylor, John (30 November 2007). "Heading South". Stateline Queensland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Bill Newton
Member for Glass House
Succeeded by
Electorate abolished
Preceded by
Ken Hayward
Member for Caboolture
Succeeded by
Bill Feldman
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Mal Brough
Member for Longman
Succeeded by
Wyatt Roy