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Scott Anthony Emerson (born 15 January 1964) is a former Australian politician. He served as the Minister for Transport and Main Roads Minister in the Newman Ministry from 2012 to 2015.[1] In the Legislative Assembly of Queensland he represented the seat of Indooroopilly in Brisbane's inner-west, from 2009 to 2017.[2] Indooroopilly was abolished at the 2017 state election and Emerson chose to contest the new seat of Maiwar which had a notional LNP margin of 3%; Emerson was unsuccessful in his bid.

Scott Emerson
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Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Small Business
In office
6 May 2016 – 25 November 2017
LeaderTim Nicholls
Preceded byJohn-Paul Langbroek
Succeeded byTim Mander
Shadow Minister for Transport
In office
14 February 2015 – 6 May 2016
LeaderLawrence Springborg
Preceded byJackie Trad (Transport)
Mark Bailey (Main Roads)
Succeeded byAndrew Powell
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
In office
3 April 2012 – 14 February 2015
PremierCampbell Newman
Preceded byAnnastacia Palaszczuk (Transport)
Craig Wallace (Main Roads)
Succeeded byJackie Trad (Transport)
Mark Bailey (Main Roads)
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Indooroopilly
In office
21 March 2009 – 25 November 2017
Preceded byRonan Lee
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
Majority6.73% (2015)
Personal details
Born (1964-01-15) 15 January 1964 (age 55)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
OccupationJournalist, public relations coordinator


Early lifeEdit

Emerson was born in Ipswich, Queensland, where his father, an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), was working at the nearby Amberley Air Force base. Emerson attended schools across Australia and overseas as his family moved with the RAAF. He graduated from high school in Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory.

Emerson attended the University of Queensland where he graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in law and journalism and 1987 with a Bachelor of Economics. While at university, he edited the student newspaper Semper Floreat and was chairman of the Journalism Students Association. During his studies he resided at St Leo's College.

Early careerEdit

Emerson began his media career in 1988 as a cadet journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Brisbane. In 1991 he moved to Sydney to work as a reporter on ABC Radio's current affairs programs, AM, PM and The World Today. He returned to Brisbane in 1992 as the senior Queensland reporter for ABC Radio Current Affairs. In 1994 he joined the national newspaper The Australian as its Queensland political reporter. In 1998 he was appointed the paper's Queensland Bureau Chief[3] and in 2000 was National Chief of staff for The Australian during the Sydney Olympics.

In 2001 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study political campaigning, including undertaking research at Harvard University and in Washington D.C.

In 2004 he left The Australian to become a director and equity partner in Brisbane-based public and media relations firm Crook Publicity.[4] In 2009 he contested the seat of Indooroopilly at the Queensland state election for the Liberal National Party of Queensland.

Emerson was co-founder of the St Lucia Community Association and held executive roles on local P&Fs including at Nudgee Junior College and Brisbane Boys College. He was a team manager at Wests Junior Rugby from 2005 to 2007. Emerson was also a volunteer at RSPCA Australia where he worked as a qualified dog trainer at weekends.

Political careerEdit

Emerson was elected to the Queensland Parliament at 21 March 2009 state election, representing the seat of Indooroopilly for the Liberal National Party with a two-party-preferred vote of 56 per cent. At the election he defeated Labor's candidate Sarah Warner and the sitting member Ronan Lee from the Queensland Greens, who defected from the Labor in 2008.[3]

On 24 March 2012, Emerson was re-elected as the Member for Indooroopilly for the Liberal National Party, contributing to the party's total of 78, giving the party a majority for the first time in the Parliament, and subsequently forming government.

At the election Emerson achieved a swing of 14 points with a first preference vote of 61% and a two-party preferred vote of 70%, the highest of any candidate in the seat of Indooroopilly's history.[5]

Emerson was appointed as the Transport and Main Roads Minister in the first Newman Ministry.[1] and was sworn in by the Governor on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at Queensland Government House.

On 31 January 2015, Emerson was re-elected as the Member for Indooroopilly for the LNP despite the party narrowly losing the overall election.[6]

After the election, Emerson was appointed the LNP's Shadow Transport Minister in the Queensland Parliament.

A Shadow Cabinet reshuffle on 9 May 2016, saw Emerson appointed as the LNP's Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Emerson is married to Robyn and the couple have a daughter and a son. They met while studying at the University of Queensland and married in Brisbane in 1991.

Described as an avid adventurer,[8] Emerson has trekked the Himalayas including the 5400m Thorong La pass, climbed the 5900m Mount Kilimanjaro and trekked the Kokoda Trail. He has also rock climbed Kangaroo Point cliffs, abseiled Brisbane's AMP tower and swung off the Goodwill Bridge for charity.


  1. ^ a b Helbig, Koren (30 March 2012). "Premier Campbell Newman announces Queensland Government's new ministry". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: News Limited. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Mixed results for minor parties, independents". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Elks, Sarah (24 February 2009). "Vital electorate not hooked on Lawrence Springborg". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  4. ^ Jabour, Bridie; Robertson, Joshua (19 January 2015). "If the LNP wins but Campbell Newman loses, who would lead Queensland?". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ "2012 State General Election – Indooroopilly – District Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  6. ^ "2015 State General Election – Indooroopilly District Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  7. ^ Remekis, Amy. "LNP shadow cabinet: Scott Emerson appointed Queensland's shadow treasurer". Brisbane News. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  8. ^ Tin, Jason. "Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's gift register revealed". Courier Mail.

External linksEdit

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Ronan Lee
Member for Indooroopilly