Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3722
Fax:
(02) 6277 5914

Electorate Office

Principal Office

Level 1
131 Denham Street
Townsville, QLD, 4810

Postal address

PO Box 2185
Townsville, QLD, 4810

Telephone:
(07) 4771 3066
Fax:
(07) 4771 3411
Toll Free:
1300 301 949

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Websites
Personal website
Party website

Alternative URL

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senator_I_Macdonald

State/Territory

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Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1990 (term began 1.7.1990), 1996, 2001, 2007 and 2013.
Parliamentary appointments
  • Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 1.7.11.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment from 11.11.96 to 21.10.98.
  • Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.
  • Minister for Forestry and Conservation from 26.11.01 to 14.11.02.
  • Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation from 14.11.02 to 27.1.06.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 24.8.90 to 1.6.92 and from 16.3.12 to 1.7.14; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.96 to 1.7.02; Senators' Interests from 2.5.96 to 6.11.00; Privileges from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Treaties from 1.9.16.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.8.90 to 4.6.92; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 11.9.90 to 18.5.93; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 17.10.94, from 2.5.96 to 14.10.96 and from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 29.5.97 and Legislation Committee from 8.5.96 to 14.12.96 (Chair from 9.5.96 to 14.12.96); Finance and Public Administration from 23.3.07 to 9.5.07; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 9.5.96 to 27.5.97; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16 (Chair of Legislation from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16); Economics Legislation and References from 12.9.16.
  • Senate Estimates: E from 24.8.90 to 5.3.92 and from 6.5.93 to 8.2.94; D from 5.3.92 to 20.8.92; C from 20.8.92 to 6.5.93 and from 8.2.94 to 10.10.94.
  • Senate Select: State Government Financial Management from 14.2.08 to 18.9.08; National Broadband Network from 26.6.08 to 17.6.10; Climate Policy from 17.3.09 to 15.6.09; Fuel and Energy from 18.3.10 to 30.8.10; Electricity Prices from 3.10.12 to 4.10.12; Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs from 1.10.14 to 27.3.15.
  • Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 31.5.96 to 12.2.97; Public Accounts from 1.7.96 to 29.11.96; Australian Crime Commission from 27.2.06 to 17.10.07; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 27.10.10 to 16.3.12.
  • Joint Standing: National Capital from 6.5.92 to 20.5.93; National Capital and External Territories from 20.5.93 to 29.1.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 31.5.96 to 25.11.96, from 30.9.10 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16; Treaties from 23.3.07 to 17.10.07 and from 1.9.16; National Broadband Network from 3.3.11 to 5.8.13; Northern Australia from 12.9.16.
  • Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 25.9.14 to 9.5.16.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 28.4.92 to 11.3.96 and from 6.12.07 to 8.12.09. Shadow Minister for Local Government and the Australian Capital Territory from 28.4.92 to 26.5.94; Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96; Shadow Minister for Infrastructure from 25.9.94 to 11.3.96; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Northern Australia from 6.12.07 to 8.12.09.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia from 8.12.09 to 18.9.13; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.
Party positions
  • Queensland Country Vice-President, Young Liberals 1970-71.
  • Chair, Liberal Party Burdekin Branch 1980-83.
  • Chair, Liberal Party North Queensland Zone 1985-90.
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 1985-90.
  • Vice-President, Liberal Party (Qld) 1987-90.
Personal
  • Born 29.11.1945, Brisbane, Qld.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia 1969-90.
Local government service
  • Councillor, Burdekin Shire Council 1979-90.