David Jull

David Francis Jull (4 October 1944 – 13 September 2011) was an Australian politician. He was a long-serving Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Bowman, Queensland, from 1975 to 1983 and Fadden, Queensland, from 1984 to 2007.

David Jull
Minister for Administrative Services
In office
11 March 1996  24 September 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byFrank Walker
Succeeded byJohn Fahey
(as Minister for Finance and Administration)
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Bowman
In office
13 December 1975  5 March 1983
Preceded byLen Keogh
Succeeded byLen Keogh
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fadden
In office
1 December 1984  17 October 2007
Preceded byDavid Beddall
Succeeded byStuart Robert
Personal details
Born(1944-10-04)4 October 1944
Kingaroy, Queensland
Died13 September 2011(2011-09-13) (aged 66)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materUniversity of Queensland

Jull was born in Kingaroy, Queensland, and was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School and the University of Queensland.[1] He was an announcer on radio and television from 1963 to 1965 and then a director of television station TVQ, Brisbane until he entered politics.[2] He was elected at the 1975 general election, but defeated in 1983.

He was Deputy General Manager of the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation 1983–84.[3]

Jull was reelected to parliament at the 1984 election. He was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1989–94, and was Minister for Administrative Services 1996–97.[3] He resigned from the ministry following accusations that he had failed to prevent other MPs from abusing their parliamentary allowances.[4]

Jull was chair of the Parliamentary Committee on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1997–2002, and of its successor, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (formerly the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD), since 2002. In this capacity he presided over the Committee's inquiry into the performance of the Australian intelligence services in relation to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in 2003–04.

Health problems and death

Jull was diagnosed with lung cancer, and in 2005 underwent surgery to remove one of his lungs,[5][6] He retired from Parliament at the 2007 election.[3]

Jull died peacefully on 13 September 2011 in Brisbane, aged 66. He is survived by two sons and two stepsons.[7][8] Jull was accorded a state funeral, which took place on 23 September.[9]


  1. Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3.
  2. Who's Who in Australia. North Melbourne: Crown Contents. 2008. p. 1156. ISBN 1-74095-160-3.
  3. "Biography for Jull, the Hon. David Francis". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. Ward, Ian: A Government Under Pressure, Australian Journal of Politics and History, June 1998
  5. Gold Coast MP battles lung cancer, ABC News, 8 March 2005.
  6. David Jull to quit, Herald Sun, 5 January 2007.
  7. Thompson, Jeremy (13 September 2011). "Former Howard minister David Jull dead at 66". Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  8. "John Howard statement on David Jull". ABC News. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  9. Field, Donna (23 September 2011). "Mourners honour former MP Jull at state funeral". ABC News. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Len Keogh
Member for Bowman
Succeeded by
Len Keogh
Preceded by
David Beddall
Member for Fadden
Succeeded by
Stuart Robert
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Walker
Minister for Administrative Services
Succeeded by
John Fahey
(as Minister for Finance and Administration)
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