Peter Wellington

Interviewed by
Maree Stanley & Chris Salisbury
Feb 24 2012
Peter Wellington
Time Summary Keywords

Peter Wellington describes his shift from local to State politics and his decision to stand as an Independent. He states that he had been a member of the Liberal Nationals but had fallen out with the Nationals. He refers to his background as a solicitor and local councillor.

1998 election, Independent, local government

Peter Wellington details the advantages and disadvantages of being an Independent, including access to resources.


Peter Wellington describes the campaign strategies he used to win elections. He emphasises the importance of community links and his reliance on campaign volunteers. He reflects on his initial election to State parliament in 1998.

1998 election, campaign strategy, One Nation

Peter Wellington describes the key issues for him in the early years of his political career. He refers to the Montville Links project and describes his approach to legislating.

1998 election, state development

Peter Wellington offers his impressions on the 1998 election and the failures of the Borbidge Government. He describes his thinking behind the decision to support the formation of the Beattie Government. He briefly describes his negotiations with Beattie and the legislative agenda of the first Beattie Government.

1998 election, Beattie Government 1998-2007, Borbidge Government 1996-98, Liz Cunningham, One Nation, Peter Beattie

Peter Wellington provides further details about the negotiations that followed the 1998 election. He states that Beattie was the only leader who responded in writing to his concerns.

Citizen Initiated Referenda, Community Cabinets, Peter Beattie

Peter Wellington describes his first term in parliament and the tension in the Legislative Assembly. He describes his position as a conservative Independent with a social conscience. He describes his support for hospices and providing adequate pain management for the terminally ill. He also talks about double jeopardy laws.

health, Independent, law reform

Peter Wellington talks about the additional resources available to him and Independent Liz Cunningham as part of the agreement after the 1998 election. He reflects on his relationship with the Beattie Government.

1998 election, Anna Bligh, Beattie Government 1998-2007, Independent, Liz Cunningham, State Development Department

Peter Wellington explains the importance of community cabinets. He argues that it required ministers to understand issues of importance to constituents. He describes the anger in the community that contributed to the election of One Nation candidates at the 1998 election.

1998 election, Community Cabinets, One Nation, Pauline Hanson, Peter Beattie

Peter Wellington reflects on the behaviour of parliamentarians when he first entered parliament and his support for a code of conduct for MPs. He links the issue to the anger in the community and the support for One Nation. He also reflects on the Beattie years and describes Peter Beattie's great interpersonal skills. He predicted that Bligh would lose the 2012 election.

2012 election, Anna Bligh, code of conduct, parliamentary behaviour, Pauline Hanson, Peter Beattie

Peter Wellington considers the Smart State strategy. He describes his dislike of the Smart State number plates. He suggests that while it was a genuine policy, the brand overtook the policy. He discusses Beattie's leadership style.

leadership, Peter Beattie, Smart State

Peter Wellington outlines the various reasons people might have for getting into politics. He states that some people want to promote certain policies and some want power. He describes the difference between safe and more marginal seats. He emphasises his links to the community.

political ambition

Peter Wellington details his links to the community. He describes himself as an available and accessible local member.


Peter Wellington discusses the difficulties of being an Independent in the Queensland parliament. He talks about the skills he developed as a police officer and solicitor and how they have helped him in his political career. He details the resources available to him. He emphasises the importance of the parliamentary library. He uses the example of the civil union debate to highlight the challenges of being in a political party as opposed to being an Independent.

Civil Partnerships Bill, homosexuality, Independent

Peter Wellington describes the pressure placed on him by the Mining Council during his first term. He discusses his relationships with the major parties. He states that the conservative parties have not forgiven him for running as an Independent. He describes the politics of the 2012 election.

2012 election, mining

Peter Wellington describes his greatest achievement as the efforts to push for greater respite services. He also discusses some of the other key areas where he has pushed for reform. He highlights the rights of the terminally ill and the important reform to double jeopardy laws as two important areas.

disability services, health, law reform

Peter Wellington discusses his involvement in the push to extend the parking facilities at the Nambour Hospital. He describes his disappointment at the failure of the government to provide the parking.

health, hospitals

Interview ends.