Meet David

DAVID CRISAFULLI IS THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION (QLD) SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND STATE MEMBER FOR BROADWATER.

David Crisafulli has proudly represented the people of Broadwater in the Queensland Parliament since 2017.

David was born and bred in Ingham in North Queensland, the son of sugarcane farmers and small business owners.

David began his working career as a cadet reporter with his hometown newspaper, The Herbert River Express. After graduating from James Cook University, David pursued a career in media across print, television and radio.  From 2000, David worked for WIN News in North Queensland. He was appointed as one of the youngest chiefs of staff of the Townsville newsroom in 2002. During this time David was also a correspondent for The Australian and Sunday Mail newspapers before working as a Townsville based adviser to the Federal Government. In 2004 he became the youngest person elected to the Townsville City Council; serving on the Council for almost eight years, including nearly four years as Deputy Mayor from 2008. He was the Council’s Planning and Development Chairman.

First elected to State Parliament in 2012, David was one of just three members of that parliament who were appointed to Cabinet at the start of their first term.  David served as Queensland Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience until 2015. As a minister in the then LNP government, David undertook the biggest reform to local government in a generation by empowering local leaders, as well as overhauling the way Queenslanders rebuild their communities after natural disasters.

Following the 2015 State election, David established a small business offering planning and government strategy advice and relocated his family to the Northern Gold Coast.

Re-elected to State Parliament in 2017, David was appointed Shadow Minister for Environment, Science and the Great Barrier Reef, and Shadow Minister for Tourism.  David is a proud member of the LNP and is an effective critic of the State Labor government.

In 2015 David became the first corporate member of the Rotary Club of Hope Island and has been active in local sporting, school and charity causes. 

After the October 2020 election David became Leader of the LNP.

David and Tegan Crisafulli have two daughters and live in Hope Island.