|Shadow Minister for Community Services, Child Safety, Mental Health, Women, Seniors and Multicultural Affairs|
19 April 2012 – 14 February 2015
|Preceded by||Tracy Davis (Child Safety and Mental Health)|
Fiona Simpson (Community Services and Women)
Scott Emerson (Multicultural Affairs)
|Succeeded by||Tracy Davis (Child Safety and Communities)|
|Shadow Minister for Disability Services|
19 April 2012 – 4 March 2014
|Preceded by||Tracy Davis|
|Succeeded by||Yvette D'Ath|
|Member of the Queensland Parliament|
17 February 2001 – 31 January 2015
|Preceded by||Mike Kaiser|
|Succeeded by||Cameron Dick|
|Born||27 June 1943|
Due to the tiny size of the ALP caucus since the party's defeat at the 2012 election, she was a member of the shadow cabinet but did not become a minister as she retired at the 2015 election.
At the 2012 election, Scott retained her seat with a significant margin for a Labor MP of 5.8%, after a 19.57% swing against her party. According to Independent MP Alex Douglas, "She was completely focussed on the needs of Woodridge residents, which in turn earned her the respect of her constituents.", which led to her being one of only seven Queensland ALP MPs being elected at the 2012 election.
Opposition Period 2012-2015
Under Queensland ALP Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, Scott was given the Shadow Portfolios of Disabilities, Communities, Child Safety, Mental Health, Women and Multicultural Affairs. She was also the Deputy Opposition Whip.
- "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Woodridge — Australian Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "Desley Scott MP set a benchmark in parliamentary ethics & behaviour | Alex Douglas MP Member for Gaven". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "Desley Scott: a pollie for good" at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 August 2006) by Faith Williams. Signs of the Times (Australian version) 120:8 (August 2005), p 7–9