Jason Noel Costigan (born 13 June 1971) is an Australian politician in the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the district of Whitsunday for the North Queensland First party. Formerly Costigan was a independent politician and rugby league commentator. He was a member of the Liberal National Party (LNP) until being expelled from the party in February 2019. He has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Whitsunday, having defeated Jan Jarratt at the 2012 state election.
|Leader of North Queensland First|
|Assumed office |
18 November 2019
|Preceded by||Party established|
|Shadow Assistant Minister for North Queensland|
10 May 2016 – 14 Dec 2017
|Leader||Tim Nicholls |
|Preceded by||Andrew Cripps|
|Succeeded by||Dale Last|
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Whitsunday|
|Assumed office |
24 March 2012
|Preceded by||Jan Jarratt|
|Born||13 June 1971|
Mackay, Queensland, Australia
|Political party||North Queensland First (since 2019)|
|Liberal National (until 2019) |
(2 Feb.–17 Nov. 2019)
|Education||St Mary’s Catholic Primary School |
Mackay State High School
|Occupation||Rugby league commentator|
Costigan broadcast career in northern Queensland in the late 1980s and began calling rugby league in 1987 for regional television in Queensland. He later joined New Zealand's SKY Network Television as their main NRL commentator and served in the role until the end of the 2010 season.
Costigan has also worked as a media manager for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Bradford Bulls and was an advisor to the Central Queensland National Rugby League bid. He left his role as project co-ordinator for the NRL bid team to spend more time with his family.
Costigan worked as an adviser to the Sports Minister in the Howard Government and a media adviser to Senator Ian MacDonald.
Costigan was suspended from the LNP in January 2019 after a complaint alleged that he harassed a woman. He denied the charges, but was formally expelled from the party by the executive on 1 February 2019.
In September 2019, Costigan founded the North Queensland First party which aims for Northern Queensland statehood.
- "Member Details – Jason Costigan". Parliament.qld.gov. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
- "Jason Costigan Maiden/Inaugural Speech" (PDF). 30 May 2012. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 April 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
- "Whitsunday - Queensland Votes 2012". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
- Calling all the home shots Archived 12 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine New Zealand Herald, 19 September 2008
- Sky TV gives Jason Costigan the flick pass Archived 15 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine stuff.co.nz, 12 December 2010
- Jason Costigan hits out after Sky axing Archived 3 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine stuff.co.nz, 30 January 2011
- Family first for Costigan Central Telegraph, 22 January 2010
- "Mr Jason Costigan". Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Caldwell, Felicity (30 January 2019). "Maverick LNP backbencher Jason Costigan suspended from the party". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "LNP expels north Queensland MP Jason Costigan". ABC News. 1 February 2019. Archived from the original on 6 February 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
- Barry, Derek (2 September 2019). "Jason Costigan sets up North Queensland First party". The North West Star. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
|Parliament of Queensland|
| Member for Whitsunday