David Watson (Queensland politician)

David John Hopetoun Watson (born 29 January 1945)[1] was an Australian politician.

David Watson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Forde
In office
1 December 1984 – 11 July 1987
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byMary Crawford
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Moggill
In office
2 December 1989 – 7 February 2004
Preceded byBill Lickiss
Succeeded byBruce Flegg
Personal details
David John Hopetoun Watson

(1945-01-29) 29 January 1945 (age 75)
Sydney, New South Wales
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
Ohio State University

Early lifeEdit

Born in Sydney, Watson was educated at the University of Queensland and Ohio State University before becoming an accountant. He was Professor of Accounting and Dean of Commerce and Economics at the University of Queensland before entering politics.[1]


In 1984, Watson 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 1996-1998 and Leader of the Queensland Liberal Party 1998-2001.[2] During his last term, he was the only non-Labor MLA from Brisbane.


  1. ^ a b "Watson, Dr David John Hopetoun". Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  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