The Hon Dr David Hamill AM was awarded the Queensland Rhodes Scholarship in 1979, After receiving his MA from Oxford University he became lecturer/tutor in political science at the University of Queensland and later a research officer with the then Federal leader of the ALP and later, Governor General, Bill Hayden.
On 22 October 1983 he was elected the State Labor Member for Ipswich following the retirement of Sir Llew Edwards. In Opposition between 1983 to 1989 he was variously Opposition Spokesperson on Family Services, Youth and Education.
From December 1989 until February 1996 he was a member of the Goss Labor Cabinet, initially as Minister for Transport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Economic and Trade Development, and then as Minister for Education. He served as Shadow Treasurer between 1996 and 1998, before becoming Treasurer with the election of the Beattie Labor government. He held this position until his retirement from the parliament in 2001.
After retiring from Parliament, Dr Hamill undertook a PhD degree at the University of Queensland, and published his research as a book ‘The impact of the new tax system on Australian Federalism’. He is also a director of several corporations and NGOs including the ASX-listed Prime Infrastructure Holdings and is Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. He is Chair of the Board of Queensland Museum, a member of the Senate of the University of Queensland and Chairman of Regional Development Australia, Ipswich and West Moreton Inc.
Dr Hamill was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service to the Parliament of Queensland, to the community, and to business.