Vicky Darling

Vicky Darling
Minister for Environment of Queensland
In office
22 June 2011  26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Kate Jones
Succeeded by Andrew Powell
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Sandgate
In office
9 September 2006  24 March 2012
Preceded by Gordon Nuttall
Succeeded by Kerry Millard
Personal details
Born Vicky Elizabeth Darling
(1966-11-29) 29 November 1966
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) John McDermott
Relations Elaine Darling (mother), Jack Melloy (grandfather)
Alma mater Griffith University
Occupation Public servant, Travel agent, Lecturer

Vicky Elizabeth Darling (born 29 November 1966 in Brisbane, Australia) is a Labor politician elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly in September 2006 as the member for Sandgate.[1][2]

Darling was preselected by the Labor Party in 2006[3][4] She replaced controversial Labor MP Gordon Nuttall who was jailed in July 2009 for corruptly receiving secret commissions.[5][6]

She was appointed as Minister for the Environment, Resource Management and Climate Change on 22 June 2011, after Kate Jones resigned from cabinet to defend her seat of Ashgrove against Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman. Darling lost her seat in the LNP landslide at the 2012 state election.

Her mother, Elaine Darling, the first female member of the Australian House of Representatives from Queensland, was a Labor MP for Lilley from 1980 until 1993. Her grandfather, Jack Melloy, was a Labor Queensland state MP for Nudgee from 1960 to 1977.[7]

See also


  1. "2009 State General Election – Sandgate – District Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland.
  2. "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  3. "Labor drops a bomber". Courier Mail. 10 September 2006.
  4. Mike Crook (2 August 2009). "Gordon Nuttall: tip of the corruption iceberg". Green Left Online.
  5. "Nuttall jailed for 7 years". ABC News. 17 July 2009.
  6. "Gordon Nuttall sentenced to seven years' jail". Courier Mail. 17 July 2009.
  7. "Maiden Speech of Vicky Darling" (pdf). Queensland Parliamentary Library. 11 October 2006.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kate Jones
Minister for Environment
Succeeded by
Andrew Powell
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Gordon Nuttall
Member for Sandgate
Succeeded by
Kerry Millard
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