Steve Dickson

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Steve Dickson
Steve Dickson 2014.jpg
Dickson in 2014
State Leader of Pauline Hanson's
One Nation
in Queensland
Assumed office
23 January 2017
Deputy Sam Cox
Preceded by Pauline Hanson
Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing of Queensland
In office
3 April 2012 – 14 February 2015
Premier Campbell Newman
Preceded by Phil Reeves (Sport)
Succeeded by Steven Miles (National Parks)
Bill Byrne (Sport and Racing)
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Kawana
In office
9 September 2006 – 21 March 2009
Preceded by Chris Cummins
Succeeded by Jarrod Bleijie
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Buderim
In office
21 March 2009 – 25 November 2017
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Brent Mickelberg
Personal details
Born Steven Lance Dickson
(1962-06-24) 24 June 1962 (age 55)
Mount Morgan, Queensland, Australia
Political party Pauline Hanson's One Nation (2017–present)
Other political
affiliations
Liberal (2006–2008)
Liberal National (2008–2017)

Steven Lance Dickson (born 24 June 1962) is an Australian politician. He was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly beginning in 2006, representing the electorates of Kawana (2006–2009) and Buderim (2009–2017. First elected for the Liberal Party, he joined the Liberal National Party in the 2008 merger, but defected to Pauline Hanson's One Nation in January 2017. He subsequently lost his seat to the LNP candidate at the 2017 election. Dickson served as Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing in the Campbell Newman government from 2012 to 2015.[1]

Political career[edit]

Dickson was a small business owner until his election as a divisional councillor for Maroochy Shire in 2000. He acted as a chair for town planning and a board member of the combined Maroochy/Caloundra Water Board. In 2006 he entered state politics, taking the seat of Kawana and defeating sitting ALP member Chris Cummins with a 7% swing.[2] He was a vocal supporter of a merger between the Liberal and National Parties.[3] He was a member of the Liberal Party until the merger of the Liberal and National parties, whereupon he became a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland. On 12 August 2008, he became Shadow Minister for Workplace and Job Security.[4] In the 2009 state election, he transferred to the seat of Buderim. In 2011 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Utilities.

On 13 January 2017, Dickson announced that he had resigned from the Liberal National Party due to his conflict with the party over medical cannabis. He announced he would be joining Pauline Hanson's One Nation.[5]

Following his announcement, the LNP advised it was investigating an allegation that Dickson had downloaded 52 internal documents from the party's secure site hours before his resignation from the party.[6]

In the run up to the 2017 Queensland State elections, and in the presence of Pauline Hanson, Dickson erroneously stated about the Safe Schools program: "We are having little kids in grade four at school, young girls being taught by teachers how to masturbate, how to strap on dildos, how to do this sort of stuff — that is the real problem in this country." Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk immediately called those claims "absolutely atrocious" and "complete nonsense". Dickson went on to liken an adult sex shop (Cupids Cabin) to a "newsagency which can sell Playboy-style magazines".[7]

He lost his seat to LNP candidate Brent Mickelberg at the 2017 election.[8] Despite losing his seat, he remains the state leader of the party.[9]

Personal life[edit]

His son Christian Dickson followed his father into politics and won Division 6 in the then Maroochy Shire Council election in 2008.[10] Christian went on to win his division unopposed in the (now amalgamated) Sunshine Coast Regional Council election in April 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier announces new Ministry". Department of Premier and Cabinet. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "2006 Queensland Election. Electorate Results. Election Results. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Dickson refuses to quit over Merger Dispute - Daily News". thedaily.com.au. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Steve Dickson Biography - Queensland Parliament". parliament.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "LNP MP Steve Dickson quits Queensland party". ABC News. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Caldwell, Felicity (13 January 2017). "Steve Dickson defection to One Nation labelled a 'betrayal' by LNP". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Queensland Premier rubbishes One Nation's claims schoolchildren taught masturbation". abc.net.au. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Queensland election: Winners and losers". 9 News. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "LNP chooses first female party leader Deb Frecklington to take on Premier Palaszczuk". ABC News. 12 December 2017. 
  10. ^ sundstrom. "Hulett trounced by young Christian". thedaily.com.au. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Chris Cummins
Member for Kawana
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Jarrod Bleijie
New seat Member for Buderim
2009–2017
Succeeded by
Brent Mickelberg