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Joh Bjelke-Petersen

Personal data
Date of birth13 January 1911
Place of birthDannevirke, New Zealand
Date of death23 April 2005(age 94)
Place of deathKingaroy, Queensland, Australia
Political partyCountry/National Party of Australia
SpouseFlorence Bjelke-Petersen
ReligionLutheran
31st Premier of Queensland
In office8 August 1968 - 1 December 1987
Succeeded byMike Ahern
Preceded byGordon Chalk

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Sir Johannes "Joh" Bjelke-Petersen, KCMG (13 January 1911 - 23 April 2005), was an Australian politician. He was the longest-serving and longest-lived Premier of Queensland, holding office from 1968 to 1987, a period that saw considerable economic development in the state. His uncompromising conservatism (including his role within the downfall of the Whitlam federal government), his political longevity, and his leadership of a government that, in its later years, was revealed to be institutionally corrupt, made him one of the best-known and most controversial political figures of 20th century Australia. An ironic feature of his government was that while Premier Bjelke-Petersen relentlessly preached the maintenance of law and order as a reason to suppress political opposition, a number of senior government figures, including a Police Commissioner he appointed, were subsequently jailed for corruption.


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