Sir Joh And His 7 Wins On The Trot

Sir Joh And His 7 Wins On The Trot

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen Decimates Labor And Liberal Along The Way

Victor P Taffa

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen governed for 19 years and 115 days.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen governed Queensland from 8 Aug. 1968-1 Dec.1987 and is Queensland’s longest serving continuous Premier.

Queensland’s longest serving continuous Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen took the National Party to majority government during his time in office as part of a 7 State Election winning sequence.

Sir Joh and his National Party decimated both the Labor Party in 1974 and the Liberal Party in 1983.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen won the following elections

  • 1986
  • 1983 Reduced Liberal Party to 8 seats out of 82
  • 1980
  • 1977
  • 1974 Reduced Labor Party to 11 seats out of 82
  • 1972
  • 1969

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Legacy

Some achievements of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as Premier included completing the Wivenhoe Dam in 1984. Construction began in 1973. Brisbane floods of 1974 highlighted the need for a dam to protect South-East Queensland.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen also built roads and railway lines. In 1982 Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen also oversaw a growth in the economy of Queensland bringing the state forward to what is seen in 2017.

Sadly however Brisbane Trams ended operations on 13 April 1969.

Joh Bjelke-Petersen was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) in 1984.

Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen was born on 13 January 1911 and died on 23 April 2005.

Sir Joh and Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen married on 31 May 1952 and had 4 children.

Lady Florence Isabel Gilmour Bjelke-Petersen

Born on 11 August 1920 Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s wife Florence Bjelke-Petersen may have become a Senator for Queensland from 1981-93 however Flo Bjelke-Petersen will best be remembered for her Pumpkin Scone recipes.

This in no way simplifies Lady Flo but highlighted how her own personal popularity grew as shown by a connection with people through things that everyone could identify with.

Lady Bjelke-Petersen was born in the same year that the National Party began.

Lady Bjelke-Petersen died on 20 December 2017.

 

Federal Senator Lady Florence Bjelke-Peterson 1981-93 was Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Bedrock

Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen’s Pumpkin Scones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983 Queensland State Election

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and the National Party won 41 out of 82 seats in 1983 and were able to form Government in their own right.

After the election, Bjelke-Petersen openly invited Liberal MLA’s to defect to the Nationals. On 25 October, Liberal MLA’s, Brian Austin (Wavell) and Don Lane (Merthyr) took up Bjelke-Petersen’s offer and joined the Nationals.

This gave them 43 seats, a majority of 2 and the first time that the Nationals had governed in majority at any level in Australia.

This left only 6 Liberals, and marked the end of Terry White’s leadership and Angus Innes’ deputy leadership. Former leader Sir William Knox (Nundah) returned to lead what remained of the party.

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 7th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 1 November 1986

Legislative Assembly

Party                        Seats   Change

Labor                           30        -2

Liberal                         10        +2

National                      49        +8

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          -1

Total Seats                 89

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 6th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 22 October 1983

Legislative Assembly

Party                        Seats   Change

Labor                           32        +7

Liberal                         8          -14

National                      41        +6

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                1          +1

Total Seats                 82

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 5th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 29 November 1980

Legislative Assembly

Party                         Seats   Change

Labor                           25        +2

Liberal                         22        -2

National                      35        0

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          0

Total Seats                 82

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 4th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 12 November 1977

Legislative Assembly

Party                         Seats   Change

Labor                           23        +12

Liberal                         24        -6

National                      35        -4

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          -2

Total Seats                 82

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 3rd Election Win

Queensland State Election, 7 December 1974

Legislative Assembly

Party                        Seats   Change

Labor                           11        -22

Liberal                         30        +9

National                      39        +13

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                2          0

Total Seats              82

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 2nd Election Win

Queensland State Election, 27 May 1972

Legislative Assembly

Party                         Seats   Change

Labor                           33        +2

Liberal                         21        +2

Country                       26        0

Democratic Labor       0          -1

Independent                2          +1

Total Seats              82

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 1st Election Win

Queensland State Election, 17 May 1969

Legislative Assembly

Party                         Seats   Change

Labor                           31        +4

Liberal                         19        -1

Country                       26        0

Democratic Labor       1          0

Independent                1          -3

Total Seats              78

 

Premiers of Queensland from 1957-89 are as follows:

Premier                               Party                           Term of Office

Russell Cooper                        National                      25 Sept. 1989-7 Dec. 1989

Mike Ahern                             National                      1 Dec. 1987-25 Sept. 1989

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen        Country/National        8 Aug. 1968-1 Dec.1987

Gordon Chalk                          Liberal                         1 Aug. 1968-8 Aug. 1968

Jack Pizzey                              Country                       17 Jan. 1968-31 July 1968

Sir Frank Nicklin                     Country                       12 Aug. 1957-17 Jan. 1968

 

Length Of Time In Office 1957-2017

Party                           Years In Office

Period December 1989-December 2017 (28 Years)

Labor Party                 22.7 years

Non-Labor Parties       5.3 years

Total                           28 years

Period August 1957-December 1989 (32.4 Years)

Labor Party                 0 years

Non-Labor Parties       32.4 years

Total                           32.4 years

 

National Party Change Of Names

National Party began as the Australian Country Party on 20 January 1920 at a Federal Level. In 1975 a change of name was made to the National Country Party before adopting its current name as The National Party in 1982.