Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald

Ian Macdonald

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Senator for Queensland

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

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Contact details

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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www.aph.gov.au/Senator_I_Macdonald

Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1990 (term began 1.7.1990), 1996, 2001, 2007 and 2013.

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Parliamentary appointments

  • Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 1.7.11.

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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.

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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.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and from 30.9.10; Treaties from 23.3.07 to 17.10.07; National Broadband Network from 3.3.11 to 5.8.13.
  • Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 25.9.14.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, January-February 1991.
  • Official visits to Thailand and Indonesia, November 1997; UK and USA, September 2000; Saudi Arabia, November 2000; France, June 2003; Italy and UK, November-December 2003; Reunion and Mauritius, January 2004; Micronesia, December 2004; France and Italy, March 2005; Canada and USA, May 2005; Marshall Islands, June 2005; Indonesia, December 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Poland and Italy, June-July 2006.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Russia and UK, January-February 2007.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Tonga and Vanuatu, July-August 2009.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, January 2010.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Solomon Islands and Samoa, July-August 2011.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Belgium, France and Israel, April-May 2012.

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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.

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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.

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Personal

  • Born 29.11.1945, Brisbane, Qld.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia 1969-90.

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Local government service

  • Councillor, Burdekin Shire Council 1979-90.

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