|Preceded by Ron McLean|
Name Pat Purcell
Role Australian Politician
|Party Australian Labor Party|
Occupation Trade union industry
Succeeded by Di Farmer
|Full Name Patrick Douglas Purcell|
Born 17 March 1947 (age 68) Cowra, New South Wales, Australia (1947-03-17)
Political party Australian Labor Party
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.
Purcell was born in the New South Wales town of Cowra. 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.
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. 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 Those charges were subsequently withdrawn following mediation.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.