Joh Bjelke Petersen
- Category : 1911-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (16,20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 4
Australian politician who was the longest-serving Premier of Queensland, holding office from 1968 to 1987. He entered Queensland parliament as the Country Party member for Nanango. After the Country Party-Liberal coalition gained power in 1957, he was Minister for works and housing 1963-1968 and on 8 August 1968, upon the death of Jack Pizzey, became Party leader and Premier. With the help of an electoral gerrymander, Bjelke-Petersen dominated Queensland politics.
Educated in New Zealand, Sir Joh later moved to Kingaroy, Queensland, where he became a successful beef and peanut farmer. He married Florence Gilmore on 31 May 1952; three daughters, one son.
On 1 December 1987, Bjelke-Petersen resigned amid claims of corruption at police, judicial and government levels. His hard-right conservative politics highlighted a lack of support for Aboriginal land rights and the denunciation of the "evils" of socialism. In a career that encompassed highs and lows, he was knighted on 16 June 1984 and his 1987 campaign helped Labour win the election. In 1991 he was charged and tried for perjury but the case was dropped when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Bjelke-Petersen died in Kingaroy on 23 April 2005, aged 94.