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EVERINGHAM, the Hon. Douglas NixonBiography for EVERINGHAM, the Hon. Douglas Nixon

Member for Capricornia (Qld)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Capricornia, Queensland at by-election 1967, vice G Gray (deceased). Re-elected 1969, 1972, 1974. Defeated at general elections 1975. Elected to the House of Representatives for Capricornia, Queensland, 1977. Re-elected 1980 and 1983. Retired prior to general elections 1984.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Council from 28.2.1978 to 22.5.1980.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Health from 19.12.1972 to 11.11.1975.

Cabinet Minister from 19.12.1972 to 11.11.1975.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 26.3.1980 to 19.9.1980.

House of Representatives Standing: Standing Orders from 25.11.1969 to 7.4.1971; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 14.3.1978 to 1.5.1980.

House of Representatives Select: Road Safety from 11.5.1972 to 2.11.1972.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Delegation to the CPA Conference, Canberra, 1970.

Visited New Zealand for Discussions and observations of that country's social welfare system, April 1973.

Leader, Australian Delegation to the Commonwealth Medical Conference, Sri Lanka, 1974.

Attended the 28th World Health Assembly, Geneva, May-June; elected Vice-President for the Western Pacific, 1975.

Parliamentary Adviser to the Australian Delegation to the UN General Assembly, New York, September-December 1982.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Spokesman on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Australia from 29.12.1977 to 19.3.1980.

Opposition Spokesman on Australian Capital Territory and Veterans' Affairs from 19.3.1980 to 7.11.1980.


Born 25.6.1923, Wauchope, Australia

Died 24.8.2017


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

MBBS (University of Sydney).

General Medical Practitioner.


Name: Capricornia

Location: Central Queensland coast; following the 1977 Federal redistribution includes the cities of Gladstone and Rockhampton, the towns of Biloela, Biggenden, Childers and Gin Gin and part of the city of Bundaberg.

Area: 25,000 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 72,538 (at 5.3.1983)

Industries: Beef cattle, Sugar cane, Dairying, grain, oil seeds, tropical fruit, cotton, timber, cement works, flour mills, meat works, copper and gold mining, alumina refining, thermal power generation, coal export terminal.

Includes: Capricornia includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Rockhampton North and Parts of Auburn, Bundaberg, Burnett, Callide, Isis, Port Curtis and Rockhampton.