Pat Purcell

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Pat Purcell
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Bulimba
In office
19 September 1992 – 20 March 2009
Preceded byRon McLean
Succeeded byDi Farmer
Personal details
Patrick Douglas Purcell

(1947-03-17) 17 March 1947 (age 72)
Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor
OccupationTrade union industry

Patrick Douglas Purcell (born 17 March 1947) is an Australian politician. He was a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Bulimba from 1992 to 2009.

Early life[edit]

Purcell was born in the New South Wales town of Cowra.[1] Prior to election to parliament he was the secretary of the Australian Building Construction Employees' and Builders Labourers' Federation (Queensland Branch).


Purcell entered parliament at the 1992 state election as the member for Bulimba, he held the seat until his retirement in 2009.[1]

Purcell served as the Minister for Emergency Services from July 2005 to July 2007 in the Beattie Ministry. Before that he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Public Works, Housing and Racing.[1] On 4 July 2007, Pat Purcell announced he would resign as Minister after allegations arose that he assaulted two public servants; the subsequently proven allegations forced the then Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told him "he had no choice but to resign". Those charges were subsequently withdrawn following mediation.

Purcell did not contest the 2009 Queensland state election.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Ron McLean
Member for Bulimba
Succeeded by
Di Farmer