Queensland has lost a political giant today with the passing of Keith De Lacy.
As the Member for Cairns from 1983 until his retirement in 1998 he worked tirelessly for his community and for the people of Far North Queensland.
As Treasurer from 1989 until 1996 he exercised firm control over the state’s finances and recognised the need for government to promote investment to help generate economic growth.
In his post-political life Keith De Lacy played a leading role in the business community, particularly through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Keith De Lacy never strayed from his values in supporting economic opportunities in those traditional industries that have made us the prosperous state we are.
I acknowledge Mr De Lacy’s contribution to Queensland and extend my condolences to his family.