Scott Anthony Emerson (born 15 January 1964) is an Australian politician. He is the Minister for Transport and Main Roads in the Campbell Newman led Liberal National Party Queensland Government. In the Queensland Parliament he represents the seat of Indooroopilly in Brisbane’s inner-west, which he has held since 2009.
Emerson was born in Ipswich, Queensland, where his father, an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, was working at the nearby Amberley base. Emerson attended schools across Australia and overseas as his family moved with the RAAF. He graduated from high school in Canberra, A.C.T.
Emerson attended the University of Queensland where he studied Law, Economics and Journalism. He finished an Arts degree in 1985 (majors in Laws and Journalism) and an Economics degree in 1987.
While at university he was a regular contributor to the student newspaper Semper Floreat and was editor in 1986. He was also chairman of the Journalism Students Association in 1985.
Emerson began his media career in 1988 as a cadet journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) at its Toowong studios in Brisbane. In 1991 he moved to Sydney to work as a reporter on ABC Radio’s leading current affairs programs AM, PM and The World Today. He returned to Brisbane in 1992 as the senior Queensland reporter for ABC Radio Current Affairs.
In 1994 he joined the national newspaper The Australian as its Queensland political reporter. In 1998 he was appointed the paper’s Queensland Bureau Chief and in 2000 was National Chief of Staff for The Australian during the Sydney Olympics.
In 2001 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study political campaigning including undertaking research at Harvard and in Washington D.C.
In 2004 he left The Australian to become a director and equity partner in Crook Publicity, a Brisbane-based public and media relations firm. In 2009 he resigned from Crook Publicity to contest the seat of Indooroopilly at the State election for the LNP.
Emerson was co-founder of the St Lucia Community Association and held executive roles on local P&Fs including at Nudgee Junior College and Brisbane Boys College. He was a team manager at Wests Junior Rugby from 2005 to 2007. Emerson was also a volunteer at the RSPCA including working as a qualified dog trainer at weekends.
Emerson was elected to the Queensland Parliament at the 21 March 2009 state election, representing the seat of Indooroopilly for the Liberal National Party with a two-party preferred vote of 56 per cent. At the election he defeated Labor’s candidate Sarah Warner and the sitting member Ronan Lee from the Greens who defected from Labor in 2008.
At the election Emerson achieved a swing of 8.4 per cent on the two-party preferred vote, more than double the average swing to the LNP, and won by more than 2500 votes.
In his maiden speech he identified community and the environment as key issues.
On 24 March 2012, Emerson was re-elected as the Member for Indooroopilly for the Liberal National Party, contributing to the party's massive total of 78 seats and delivering a new State Government for Queensland under Premier Campbell Newman.
At the election Emerson achieved a swing of 14% with a first preference vote of 61% and a two-party preferred vote of 70%, the highest of any candidate in the seat of Indooroopilly's history.
Mr Emerson was appointed as the Minister for Transport and Main Roads in the first Campbell Newman Ministry and was sworn in by the Governor on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at Queensland Government House.
List of Positions Held 2009-2012
Shadow Ministry Portfolios
Science Research and Information & Communication Technology (Nov 2010- April 2011)
Transport Multicultural Affairs & the Arts (April 2011- March 2012)
Chairman of the inaugural Waste Watch Committee, aimed at eliminating Labor Government waste (May 2010- November 2010)
Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (April 2009- June 2011)
Transport, Local Government and Infrastructure Committee (June 2011- November 2011)
Transport and Local Government Committee (November 2011- February 2012)
Emerson is married to Robyn and the couple have a daughter and son. They met while studying at the University of Queensland and married in Brisbane in 1991.