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Graham Quirk


Graham Quirk

The Right Honourable, Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Cr Graham Quirk
2011 Asia Pacific Cities Summit
16th Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Assumed office
7 April 2011
Deputy Adrian Schrinner
Preceded by Campbell Newman
Deputy Lord Mayor of Brisbane
In office
April 2004 – 7 April 2011
Leader Campbell Newman
Succeeded by Adrian Schrinner
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal National Party of Queensland (2008–present)
Other political
Liberal Party of Australia (2004–2008)
Spouse(s) Anne Quirk

Graham Quirk is an Australian politician and the Lord Mayor of the City of Brisbane,[1] succeeding former Lord Mayor Campbell Newman who is now Premier of Queensland. Quirk has served as councillor for the ward of MacGregor in Brisbane. Quirk, formerly a member of the Liberal Party of Australia, is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP).[2]

Political background

Graham Quirk entered Brisbane City Council when elected as Councillor for Rochedale Ward in 1985 at the age of 27. After three years he was appointed the city's Finance Chairman under Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson and was later appointed Works Chairman. He then served as Opposition Spokesman on Development and Planning, Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Opposition Spokesman on Transport and Traffic.

He served as Deputy Opposition Leader and was Opposition Leader at the time of Campbell Newman's election as Lord Mayor in 2004.

Graham Quirk was elected as Deputy Liberal Leader to Campbell Newman and was appointed to the role of Chairman of Transport and Major Projects (later known as Roads, TransApex and Traffic). In this role he administered one-third of the Council's total budget expenditure for the implementation of TransApex, the road network and traffic management.

In 2008 the LNP gained a majority of councillors and Quirk took on the roles of Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee. Following Campbell Newman's departure from Lord Mayorship to enter state politics, Quirk was appointed the new Lord Mayor of Brisbane City.[3] On April 28, 2012 Quirk won a four-year term as Mayor in his own right at the Brisbane City Council elections.[4]


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