David Crisafulli

David Frank Crisafulli (born 14 April 1979) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2017, representing the Gold Coast-based electorate of Broadwater. He was previously member for the North Queensland-based electorate of Mundingburra from 2012 to 2015, and was initially Minister for Local Government, and then Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience during the premiership of Campbell Newman, from 2012 to 2015.

David Crisafulli
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Broadwater
Assumed office
25 November 2017
Preceded byVerity Barton
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mundingburra
In office
24 March 2012  31 January 2015
Preceded byLindy Nelson-Carr
Succeeded byCoralee O'Rourke
Personal details
Born (1979-04-14) 14 April 1979
Ingham, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party of Queensland
Spouse(s)Tegan Crisafulli
ResidenceGold Coast, Queensland

Early life

Born and raised in Ingham, Queensland, Crisafulli graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from James Cook University in Townsville in 2000.

In 1998 he returned to his home town of Ingham as a cadet reporter at the Herbert River Express.

In 2000, Crisafulli moved into television, becoming a journalist with WIN News in Townsville and was made chief of staff of the Townsville newsroom in 2002. During this time Crisafulli also worked as a correspondent for The Australian and the Sunday Mail newspapers, did weekly work for DMG radio as a newsreader and lectured in journalism at James Cook University.


In 2003, Crisafulli was appointed as a ministerial media advisor the then Howard Government Minister and Liberal Senator for Queensland, Ian Macdonald. In 2004, he successfully ran for what was then the 100% Labor Party-controlled Townsville City Council, breaking the Labor Party's stranglehold on the Council. In 2008 he was re-elected to Council, topping the poll of 49 candidates; and was elected deputy mayor, an office he held until his resignation in 2012 to run for a seat in the Queensland Parliament. During his second term on Council, Crisafulli was elected as the Chairman of the Townsville City Council's Planning Committee.

In the 2012 Queensland state election held on 24 March 2012, Crisafulli was elected to Legislative Assembly of Queensland in the seat of Mundingburra as a member of the Liberal National party.[1] He served as the Minister for Local Government from 3 April 2012. On 4 February 2013, his role was expanded to be Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience.[2] He re-contested Mundingburra in the 2015 Queensland state election held on 31 January 2015 but was defeated by Labor candidate Coralee O'Rourke.[3]

Following his 2015 election loss, Crisafulli and his family relocated to Hope Island on Queensland's Gold Coast.[4] He subsequently ran a small business giving advice on dealing with government and business development opportunities.

In May 2017, he defeated incumbent Broadwater MP Verity Barton for LNP preselection to contest the 2017 election.[5] He subsequently won the Broadwater seat and returned to parliament in November 2017.[6] In December 2017, after the election of Deb Frecklington as Leader of the Opposition, Crisafulli was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Environment, Science and the Great Barrier Reef, and Shadow Minister for Tourism.


  1. "Member Biography - Mr David Crisafulli". Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. "Premier announces new Ministry". Department of Premier and Cabinet. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. "Part 2.19 - Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and the Legislative Council 1860-1922" (PDF). Queensland Parliamentary Record 2012-2015: The 54th Parliament. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. Houghton, Jack; Potts, Andrew (26 October 2015). "Former minister David Crisafulli has moved to the Gold Coast to relaunch his political career". Gold Coast Bulletin. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  5. "Newman minister David Crisafulli wins pre-selection over Verity Barton". Brisbane Times. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  6. "Queensland election: Winners and losers". 9 News. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Lindy Nelson-Carr
Member for Mundingburra
Succeeded by
Coralee O'Rourke
Preceded by
Verity Barton
Member for Broadwater

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