|Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council|
23 April 1973 – 3 March 1984
|Succeeded by||Fred Hankinson|
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
24 March 1984 – 24 November 1984
|Preceded by||Keith O'Connell|
|Succeeded by||Tony Doyle|
|Born||David Paul Landa
29 May 1941
St Peters, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||24 November 1984
Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
David Paul Landa, QC (29 May 1941 – 24 November 1984) was an Australian politician. In public life, he was called "Paul Landa". He was a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1973 to 1984, and the member for Peats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1984. He was a government minister from 1976 to 1984.
Landa was born in St Peters in Sydney to Maurice and Fay Landa, who were of Irish/Polish descent and had migrated from Belfast. He was educated at Kogarah High School and Sydney Boys' High School in 1956-58 before studying for a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. He became a solicitor in 1964 and was admitted to the bar in 1974. On 17 December 1968, he married Annika. He was Jewish. He was the nephew of Abe Landa, who was also a NSW Government Minister.
In 1973, Landa was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council as a Labor member. He became Minister for Industrial Relations in 1976, although later that year he became the Minister for Planning and Environment and became Vice-President of the Executive Council. In that year he also became the Government's Leader in the Upper House. He became Education Minister in 1980, Energy Minister in 1981 and Attorney General in 1983. In 1984, he transferred to the lower house, winning the seat of Peats.
He was generally seen as an outstanding politician who was probably destined for the party leadership, but later that year he died at Vaucluse, while playing tennis. It is believed he suffered a heart attack. He was 43.
There is a public foreshore park in Pearl Beach (Gosford City, NSW), called "Paul Landa Reserve", dedicated to Paul Landa's service.
Since 2004, the David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for Pianists has been awarded to a piano finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. The scholarship provides the winner with concert engagements with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Musica Viva Australia, and a cash prize to enable overseas study.
- Parliament of New South Wales (2008). "The Hon. David Paul Landa". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
- Green, Antony (2010). "Contests for Peats". NSW Election Database. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
- State of the Arts News, 24 August 2004