Ken O'Dowd

Kenneth Desmond O'Dowd (born 30 June 1950) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2010 federal election, representing the Division of Flynn. He is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, and sits with the Nationals in federal parliament.

Ken O'Dowd

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Flynn
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded byChris Trevor
Personal details
Kenneth Desmond O'Dowd

(1950-06-30) 30 June 1950
Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party
Domestic partnerShirley Watts


O'Dowd was born in Gladstone, Queensland. He grew up on his parent's farm in Bracewell, Mount Larcom.[1] O'Dowd was educated at Bracewell State School, Mount Larcom High School and Rockhampton Grammar School. While still at school O'Dowd worked on his parent's farm, neighbours' farms, as a contract milker, on the railways as a fettler, on flying gangs, and on the construction of railway lines.[2]

O'Dowd has two children and four grandchildren.[1]


O'Dowd became a payroll clerk at Queensland Aluminium Limited (QAL) Gladstone. From 1970 to 1978 he worked on the construction of the Bougainville Copper Mine in New Guinea. In 1978 he worked at the Gladstone seaport terminal within the fuel industry, until establishing his own Mobil fuel distributorship in Emerald in 1981, which he sold in 1988. He became partner of a Shell distributorship in 1988, which was sold ten years later. In 1998 O'Dowd bought and renovated a Rockhampton pub, renaming it O'Dowd's Irish Pub, which he sold in 2004. From 1998 onwards he operated Busteed Building Supplies.[2][3]

Political career

O'Dowd contested the Division of Flynn for the Liberal National Party at the 2010 Federal election and won the seat from Labor's one term incumbent Chris Trevor.[4] He continued to hold the seat in the 2013, 2016 and 2019 federal elections.

O'Dowd supports building HELE coal fired power stations, inland rail (such as the controversial Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport to Gladstone link)[5], and opening up more agricultural land.[6][7]


  1. Plane, Melanie. "FEDERAL ELECTION: Nine put their hand up for Flynn seat". Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. O'Dowd, Ken (26 October 2010). "ParlInfo – Governor General's Speech: Address-in-Reply". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. "Mr Ken O'Dowd MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. Ison, Chris (22 August 2010). "O'Dowd wins Flynn". The Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  5. Knaus, Christopher (4 November 2018). "Wealthy Queensland family lobbied for inland rail line to run past their airport". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. "Who's left to lead The Nationals". NewsComAu. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  7. sarahsteger. "2018 HIT LIST: Ken still beating the same O'Drum". Observer. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Chris Trevor
Member for Flynn

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