David Beddall

The Honourable
David Beddall
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fadden
In office
5 March 1983  1 December 1984
Preceded by Don Cameron
Succeeded by David Jull
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Rankin
In office
1 December 1984  31 August 1998
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Craig Emerson
Personal details
Born (1948-11-27) 27 November 1948
Manchester, England
Nationality English Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Financial consultant

David Peter Beddall (born 27 November 1948) is a former Australian politician.

Beddall was born in Manchester, England and was employed by the Commonwealth Bank and was a self-employed commercial finance consultant before he entered parliament. He was elected as Australian Labor Party member in the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Fadden at the 1983 election and then for the seat of Rankin at the 1984 election. In April 1990, he was appointed Minister for Small Business and Customs in the Hawke ministry (Minister for Small Business, Construction and Customs from December 1991). In March 1993 he was appointed junior Communications Minister (serving concurrently with senior Communications Minister Bob Collins) in the second Keating Ministry. As Communications Minister, he launched SBS television and 2JJJ radio across different parts of Australia, and took the early steps in Telstra's Future Mode of Operation digital transformation. In December 1993, he and Collins left the Communications portfolio which was taken by Michael Lee and Beddall replaced Lee as Minister For Resources. He lost this portfolio with the defeat of the Keating government at the 1996 election, in which he was one of only two Labor MPs returned from Queensland. He retired from parliament at the 1998 election.[1]


  1. "Biography for Beddall, the Hon. David Peter". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 25 January 2000. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Jones
Minister for Small Business and Customs
Succeeded by
Chris Schacht
(small business)
Alan Griffiths
Minister for Small Business,
Construction and Customs

Preceded by
Michael Lee
Minister for Resources
Succeeded by
Warwick Parer
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Don Cameron
Member for Fadden
Succeeded by
David Jull
New division Member for Rankin
Succeeded by
Craig Emerson

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