Luke Woolmer

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Luke Woolmer
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Springwood
In office
15 July 1995 – 13 June 1998
Preceded by Molly Robson
Succeeded by Grant Musgrove
Personal details
Born Lucas Scott Woolmer
(1965-01-25) 25 January 1965 (age 53)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party
Occupation Royal Australian Navy, Information Technology

Lucas Scott "Luke" Woolmer (born 25 January 1965) is an Australian politician. He was a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1995 to 1998, representing the electorate of Springwood.

Early career[edit]

Prior to 1995 Springwood was held by Molly Robson of the Australian Labor Party, who held the seat in the 1992 election with a majority of 10%.[1] Woolmer, who worked in the Information Technology sector prior to running for parliament,[2] entered the election on the tail of the so-called "koala tollway" controversy, in which the Labor government had planned to build a tollway through a koala sanctuary. Woolmer won the election by 18.5%, having received a swing of 19.4% on the back of the preferences from the minor parties.[1]


While in parliament Woolmer served as an undersecretary with a focus on IT issues.[3] He helped to establish the government's Ministerial Council for IT & T, and he had hoped to become the state's first IT minister after the 1998 election.[2] This, however, was not to be, as a swing back to Labor saw Woolmer lose his seat to Labor's Grant Musgrove by a narrow margin.[4]

Later years[edit]

After his 1998 loss, Woolmer ran unsuccessfully for pre-selection in the Federal seat of McPherson,[5] before returning to work in the IT sector.[6]


  1. ^ a b Green, Anthony. "Springwood (Key Seat)". ABC Elections: 2009 Queensland Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Pennington, Sylvia (30 June 1998). "IT ministry eludes ambitious advocate". The Australian. p. 58. 
  3. ^ Hellaby, David (13 February 2001). "Beattie ahead in high-tech poll race". The Australian. p. 55. 
  4. ^ Layton, Rachael (24 November 2000). "Turmoil deepens". Albert & Logan News. Brisbane, Australia. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Atkins, D. (30 June 1998). "A fading star". The Courier Mail. Brisbane, Australia. p. 14. 
  6. ^ "Luke Leaves". Albert & Logan News. Brisbane, Australia. 9 June 1999. p. B3. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Molly Robson
Member for Springwood
Succeeded by
Grant Musgrove