David Watson (Queensland politician)

David Watson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Forde
In office
1 December 1984  11 July 1987
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Mary Crawford
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Moggill
In office
2 December 1989  7 February 2004
Preceded by Bill Lickiss
Succeeded by Bruce Flegg
Personal details
Born David John Hopetoun Watson
(1945-01-29) 29 January 1945
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of Queensland
Ohio State University
Occupation Accountant

David John Hopetoun Watson (born 29 January 1945)[1] was an Australian politician. Born in Sydney, he was educated at the University of Queensland and Ohio University before becoming an accountant. He was Professor of Accounting and Dean of Commerce and Economics at the University of Queensland before entering politics. In 1984, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Forde. He was defeated in the next federal election in 1987, but in 1989 was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the member for Moggill. He was the Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works 1996-98 and Leader of the Queensland Liberal Party 1998-2001.[2] During his last term, he was the only non-Labor MLA from Brisbane.


  1. "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  2. Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 13 July 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Forde
1984 1987
Succeeded by
Mary Crawford
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Bill Lickiss
Member for Moggill
Succeeded by
Bruce Flegg
Political offices
Preceded by
Joan Sheldon
Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party in Queensland
Succeeded by
Bob Quinn

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