Peter Lindsay began a television career at Channel Seven Townsville in engineering, production, news, editorial and executive roles. He later owned and managed an electronics contracting business with a staff of 33. He was elected to the Townsville City Council for 5 terms followed by serving 5 terms in the Australian Parliament. He held a Defence ministerial portfolio with responsibility for the Defence Estate, Defence Science and Technology, the Reserves, the Defence Housing Authority and Defence cadets. He has chaired ASX listed Guildford Coal Limited and currently chairs IT services company, OriginNet and the James Cook University Clinical Purposes Building Trust following a term as Deputy Chancellor of the University.