Llew O'Brien

Llewellyn Stephen O'Brien (born 26 June 1972) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2016 federal election, representing the Division of Wide Bay. He is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, and sits with the Nationals in federal parliament.[1]

Llew O'Brien MP

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wide Bay
Assumed office
2 July 2016 (2016-07-02)
Preceded byWarren Truss
Personal details
Born (1972-06-26) 26 June 1972
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyNationals (LNP)
Spouse(s)Sharon O'Brien
AwardsQueensland Police Service Medal

Police career

Prior to his election, O'Brien served as a police officer. He joined the Queensland Police in 1999.[2] In his first speech he spoke of his own decade long experience of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought about while serving as a traffic accident investigator.[3] In December 2013, O'Brien was accused of having misused police resources[4] for political purposes.[5][6] He was investigated and faced managerial action, but was cleared of the allegations by Queensland Police.[7]

O'Brien has received both State and National medals for his Police service between 1999 and 2016. In 2010 he was awarded the Queensland Police Service Medal. In 2011 he was awarded the Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation. In April 2015 he was awarded a 15-year clasp to the Queensland Police Service Medal. In 2016 he was awarded both the National Police Service Medal and the National Medal for ethical and diligent service.[8]

Political life

O'Brien became a member of the National Party of Queensland in 2006, and joined the Liberal National Party of Queensland upon its formation in 2008. He has served in many roles within the parties, including Vice President, Regional Chairman, State Executive, Branch Chairman and Campaign Chairman.[9]

After the retirement announcement of long serving Member of Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, O'Brien was preselected for the 2016 federal election and won election.[10] He has served on the Joint Standing Committees for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity; and Law Enforcement; as well as the House of Representatives Standing Committees for Indigenous Affairs; and Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.[11] In 2016, O'Brien was also appointed as the Queensland Chair of the Federal Government's Black Spot Advisory Panel for 2016/17 by Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.[12]


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Warren Truss
Member for Wide Bay
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