Tim Mander

Timothy Leonard Mander (born 8 August 1961)[1] is an Australian politician and a former leading Australian rugby league referee. He is a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Tim Mander

Deputy Leader of the Opposition of Queensland
Assumed office
12 December 2017
LeaderDeb Frecklington
Preceded byDeb Frecklington
Shadow Treasurer
Assumed office
6 May 2016
LeaderDeb Frecklington
Preceded byScott Emerson
Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Shadow Minister for Corrective Services
In office
6 May 2016  15 December 2017
LeaderTim Nicholls
Preceded byJarrod Bleijie
Succeeded byTrevor Watts (Police and Corrective Services)
Lachlan Millar (Fire and Emergency Services)
Shadow Minister for Education & Training
In office
14 February 2015  6 May 2016
LeaderLawrence Springborg
Preceded byAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Succeeded byTracy Davis
Minister for Housing and Public Works of Queensland
In office
19 November 2012  14 February 2015
PremierCampbell Newman
Preceded byBruce Flegg
Succeeded byLeeanne Enoch
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Everton
Assumed office
24 March 2012
Preceded byMurray Watt
Personal details
Born (1961-08-09) 9 August 1961
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party
OccupationRugby league referee

Before politics

A Christian and bible college graduate, Mander was the CEO of Scripture Union Queensland.[2]

Mander controlled the National Rugby League (NRL) grand final in 2004 and 2005. He refereed a total of 291 first grade games between 1992 and 2005. He was also an NRL video referee.[3]

Honours awarded to Mander include 2005 International Referee of the Year and 2005 Queensland Father of the Year.[4]


Mander is the member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Everton, having been elected at the 2012 Queensland state election by defeating Labor's Murray Watt (the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer). He was appointed Assistant Minister for Sport and Racing on 3 April 2012.[5] He was promoted to Minister of Housing and Public Works on 19 November 2012, following the resignation of Bruce Flegg.

Following poor opinion polling, Mander initiated a leadership challenge against incumbent LNP leader Lawrence Springborg; he was shortly followed by former Treasurer Tim Nicholls. In the first round, Mander received 10 votes to Nicholls' 14 and Springborg's 17; he was therefore eliminated. Nicholls eventually prevailed with 22 votes to Springborg's 19 and was sworn in as Opposition Leader on 6 May 2016.[6]

After the party lost the 2017 state election, Mander was appointed Deputy Leader, beneath leader Deb Frecklington.[7]


  1. "Hon Timothy (Tim) Mander". parliament.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  2. "Tim Mander – New CEO for SU Queensland". Scripture Union Queensland. 14 December 2005. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  3. "NRL Match Officiala – Video Referees". Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  4. "Number One Whistle Blower for Youth and Children's Ministry". Archived from the original on 30 July 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  5. "Premier announces new Ministry". Department of Premier and Cabinet. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  6. Vogler, Sarah (19 November 2012), "Former referee Tim Mander new Housing and Public Works Minister after Bruce Flegg's resignation", The Courier-Mail, retrieved 19 November 2012
  7. "LNP chooses first female party leader Deb Frecklington to take on Premier Palaszczuk". ABC News. 12 December 2017.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Murray Watt
Member for Everton
Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Flegg
Minister for Housing and Public Works
Succeeded by
Leeanne Enoch

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