William Theodore "Bill" D'Arcy (born 31 July 1939) is a former Australian politician. He was the Labor member for Albert (1972–74) and Woodridge (1977–2000) in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. D'Arcy was born in Brisbane. He worked as a teacher and business consultant before his entry into politics.
He was first elected to parliament at the 1972 by-election for the seat of Albert following Liberal MLA Bill Heatley's death, but he was defeated at the 1974 election.
He returned to the Assembly in 1977 as the member for the new seat of Woodridge. In 1987 he was appointed Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Sport and Racing, and in February 1980 became Deputy Leader of the Opposition, serving until 1982.
He held his seat until his resignation in January 2000. Later in 2000 he was convicted of a number of sexual offences against children from his days as a sole teacher or one of two teachers at country primary schools in the 1960s and 1970s.
D'Arcy was released in 2007. Bill has consistently and vigorously denied every accusation and for seventeen years has called for an enquiry into the political origins of the attacks against him.
Bill D'Arcy admirably married, raised three now grown up children, of whom he and his wife are very proud, and pursued a successful teaching and parliamentary career. Not once during these 35 years and since has he had the slightest suspicion or any suggestion of any inappropriate sexual behavviour. Then suddenly these rumours and stories came "out of the blue".
Serious heart illness
What is particularly cruel is that these rumours and accusations came at a time when Bill was experiencing serious heart illness and lacked the energy and wellness to more vigorously oppose the attacks on him.
The Parliamentary details, including the table, are taken from the Wikipedia entry :Former Members: Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
"Former Labor MP served seven years for child sex offences". Courier-Mail, 14 December 2007, Alex Dickinson
Interviews with Bill and L.Margaret D'Arcy