Demetrios “Jim” Fouras Death – Jim Fouras, a former Australian politician has died on November 12, 2021. Fouras was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labor member for South Brisbane, in 1977. He held the seat until 1986 when he was defeated for preselection by Anne Warner.
Born in Manesi, Kalavryta, Greece on 8 March 1938, he migrated to Queensland at the age of ten with his brother. He attended his secondary education at The Southport School and was awarded the school’s chemistry prize. In 1963, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Economics (1972) at the University of Queensland. Fouras returned to the Assembly in 1989, winning the seat of Ashgrove, which he held until his retirement in 2006.
Jim became a Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1990 to 1996. Later, Fouras was dumped as Speaker by his ALP colleagues raising the prospect of him being re-elected with the support of the Coalition, as he would have had the numbers to beat Palaszczuk on the floor of Parliament. Fearing that outcome, the ALP withdrew Palaszczuk’s candidacy for Speaker, and Fouras was re-elected with the support of his ALP colleagues.