Keith De Lacy
Keith De Lacy provides an overview of his family background and his various career pathways.
|Australian Institute of Company Directors, Cairns, Papua New Guinea, Ray Jones|
Keith De Lacy speaks about the role that politics had in his early family life and his reasons for joining the Labor Party, including his family's use of 'collective solutions' to cope during The Depression years.
|Tobacco Growers Cooperative|
Keith De Lacy talks about his election as member for Cairns. He comments briefly on the role of factions within the Labor Party.
|Cairns, Ray Jones|
Keith De Lacy speaks in general terms about his political career and his reputation as a leader within the party.
Keith De Lacy discusses factions within the Labor Party and his factional involvement.
|David Hamill, factions, Paul Braddy, Wayne Goss|
Keith De Lacy speaks about the difficulties of being in Opposition. He provides general commentary on the ideological and policy underpinnings of the Labor Party and National Party.
|Ray Jones, socialism|
Keith De Lacy discusses becoming Treasurer in 1989 and describes the challenges associated with being a politician. He outlines the spending priorities of the Goss Government.
|conservatism, Goss Government 1989-96, Treasury, Wayne Goss|
Keith De Lacy recalls delivering a speech criticising the fiscal management of the previous government and the media fallout from this speech. He comments on the role of the Office of Cabinet during the Goss era.
|Cabinet Office, Goss Government 1989-96, Kevin Rudd, Treasury|
Keith De Lacy discusses the relationship between the state and federal government. He describes the role of the Grants Commission in dispersing federal funds.
|Bob Hawke, koala habitat, Paul Keating|
Keith De Lacy discusses some of the reforms adopted by the Goss Government on public money spending and comments on strategies.
|Goss Government 1989-96, Treasury|
Keith De Lacy discusses the privatisation of Suncorp. He talks about his involvement implementing the Government Owned Corporations Act.
|Government Owned Corporations Act, privatisation, Suncorp Metway, Treasury, unions|
Keith De Lacy describes how Henry Smerdon become Under Treasurer. He makes some general comments about interaction between ministers and departments.
|Gerard Bradley, Henry Smerdon, Kevin Rudd, relationship with ministers, relationship with public service, Treasury|
Keith De Lacy discusses the role of the department in developing policy. He comments on relationships with other departments.
|Expenditure Review Committee, policy development|
Keith De Lacy describes the role of ministerial staff in developing policy during his time as Treasurer and today.
|Expenditure Review Committee, media, ministerial staff, policy development, Treasury|
Keith De Lacy describes his greatest achievements as continuing to run the State with good fiscal management. He cites the development of the Cairns Convention Centre as his greatest achievement. He describes how the development of the James Cook University campus in Cairns away from the centre of town is his biggest regret.
|Cairns, Government Owned Corporations Act, James Cook University, Treasury|
Keith De Lacy discusses his disappointment at losing the election in 1996. He speaks about the challenges to today's politicians. He recalls a story about Bob Menzies.
|Goss Government 1989-96, media, Robert Menzies|
Keith De Lacy
Keith De Lacy was Queensland Minister for Regional Development 1989-90 and Queensland Treasurer 1989-96 in the Goss Government, after having serving as State Opposition Spokesman on Primary Industries 1986-88 and on Finance and Regional Development 1988-89.
Born 7 August 1940 in Cairns, he attended Townsville Grammar School, later gaining a Diploma in Agriculture in 1959 from the Queensland Agricultural College, now the Gatton Campus for the University of Queensland. He also has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.
Keith De Lacy became a member of the Cairns branch of the Labor Party in 1970, and continued membership until 1990. From 1983-86 he was a member of a number of Shadow Ministerial Committees, including Northern Development and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Primary Industries, and Welfare Services, Youth and Ethnic Affairs.
After an eclectic career including positions such as tobacco farmer, underground miner, agricultural college principal in Papua New Guinea and newsagent proprietor, Keith De Lacy became the State Opposition Spokesman on Primary Industries in 1986, moving to the same role for Finance and Regional Development in 1988. In 1989 the first Labor Party state government was elected in Queensland for over thirty years, with Wayne Goss as Premier. Keith De Lacy from the outset of the Goss Government was given two ministerial positions, as State Minister for Regional Development which he remained until 1990, and as State Treasurer until 1996.
Keith De Lacy’s time in the Goss Government heralded a number of reforms and legislative acts. These included the introduction of The Fair Trade Act in 1989, The Superannuation Act (Public Sector) in 1990, The Gaming Machine Act in 1991, Government Owned Corporations Act in 1993, and the WorkCover Act in 1996, amongst others.
In 1996 Keith De Lacy left state politics. In 2002 he published Blood Stains the Wattle, a novel that encapsulated many of the events, perspectives and emotions surrounding the Mount Isa mining deputes of the 1960s. Keith De Lacy also used his time since being in the political arena to gain influence in the corporate world on a national scale. He has either chaired, or been director or president of a wide range of corporate organisations with interests encompassing coal and other natural resources, cotton, energy, sugar and beef industries, as well as other business interests. Keith De Lacy has also chaired the Cairns Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. He has been awarded two honorary doctorates, one from James Cook University, the other from Central Queensland University, and has been awarded the University of Queensland Gatton Gold Award in 2000, a Centenary Award in 2001 and has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006.
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