Kay Selma Elson (born 25 January 1947), Australian politician, was a Liberal Member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 until her resignation in November 2007. Kay represented the Division of Forde, Queensland.[1] She was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and was a special events co-ordinator for a handicapped association,[2] a shop proprietor and a financial consultant before entering politics.[1] Elson has eight children, 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.[3]

Kay Elson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Forde
In office
2 March 1996 – 17 October 2007
Preceded byMary Crawford
Succeeded byBrett Raguse
Personal details
Born (1947-01-25) 25 January 1947 (age 73)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
OccupationFinancial consultant

Elson was preselected as Liberal candidate in Forde for the 1996 election. The seat was originally a safe Labor seat, but a redistribution added some Liberal-friendly territory in the Scenic Rim, which all but erased Labor's majority. Elson defeated Labor incumbent Mary Crawford on a nine-percent swing, turning Forde into a safe Liberal seat in one stroke. Her victory was part of Labor's near-total collapse in Queensland; Labor was cut down to only two seats there.

In June, Kay Elson announced that she would not be seeking a fifth term. By this time, she had built up her majority to 12 percent. However, the seat was lost to Labor on a 14-point swing, making it one of the safest Coalition seats to be gained by Labor.


  1. ^ a b Elson, Kay Selma (1947 - ), The Australian Women's Register, 22 April 2009.
  2. ^ Retiring MPs, Australia Votes 2007, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007.
  3. ^ Farouque, Farah (12 October 2003). "The Pull of House and home". The Age. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Mary Crawford
Member for Forde
Succeeded by
Brett Raguse