Former Queensland premier Wayne Goss is having brain surgery again this week – his fourth operation since 1997.

Former Queensland premier Wayne Goss will have brain surgery for the fourth time.

He is having neurosurgery at Mater Private Hospital in Brisbane on Tuesday to remove a low-grade malignant tumour.

It will be the 63-year-old former Labor leader’s fourth brain operation, following procedures in 1997, 2002 and in February last year.

“Mr Goss recovered well on each occasion and expects the same outcome from tomorrow’s,” family friend Russ Morgan said in a statement.

In December 1989, Mr Goss became Queensland’s first Labor premier in 32 years, ending the old National Party’s long grip on power that had been dominated by Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

He remained in that role until February 1996, when the Mundingburra by-election caused Labor to lose its majority and power on the floor of parliament.

Mr Goss had been preselected to run against maverick independent Pauline Hanson at the 1998 federal election but his initial brain tumour ended that career option.