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Mr George Christensen MP

Mr George Christensen MP

Former Member

Party
Independent
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Dawson, Queensland, 2010. Re-elected 2013, 2016 and 2019. Retired prior to general elections 2022 to contest election to the Senate for Queensland.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry served from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Social Policy and Legal Affairs served as Chair from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Selection served from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Publications served from 14.9.2016 to 11.4.2019; Social Policy and Legal Affairs served from 14.9.2016 to 11.4.2019; Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources served from 30.5.2018 to 11.4.2019
  • Joint Select: Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation served from 13.9.2011 to 7.10.2011; Northern Australia served from 9.12.2013 to 9.5.2016
  • Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Northern Australia served from 23.7.2019 to 11.4.2022; Trade and Investment Growth served from 23.7.2019 to 24.7.2019; Trade and Investment Growth served as Chair from 25.7.2019 to 8.2.2022
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings served from 14.9.2016 to 11.4.2022
Parliamentary party positions
  • Nationals Whip in the House of Representatives from 17.10.2013 to 9.5.2016.
  • Nationals Chief Whip in the House of Representatives from 30.8.2016 to 2.3.2017.
Party positions
  • Member of the Nationals (Qld.) from 1993 to 2008.
  • Member of the Young Nationals (Qld.) from 1993 to 2008.
  • President of the Young Nationals (Qld.) from 2003 to 2004.
  • Vice-President of the Nationals Mackay Zone (Qld.) from 2007 to 2008.
  • Member of the Liberal National Party (Qld.) from 2008 to 2022.
  • Secretary of the Liberal National Party Central Queensland Region from 2008 to 2009.
Personal
  • Born 30.6.1978, Mackay, Australia
  • Single
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BComms(Journ) (Central Queensland University).
  • Printing factory worker, 2000.
  • Journalist, 2000.
  • Press secretary from 2001 to 2004.
  • Councillor from 2004 to 2010.
  • Newspaper editor and publisher from 2005 to 2008.
Local Government service
  • Councillor, City of Mackay Council from 2004 to 2008.
  • Councillor, Mackay Regional Council from 2008 to 2010.
Electorate
  • Name: Dawson
  • Location: The Division of Dawson consists of: part of the Burdekin Shire Council, part of the Mackay Regional Council, part of the Townsville City Council, and part of the Whitsunday Regional Council.
  • Area: 14,630 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 105,248 (at 8.6.2019)
  • Industries: Various small crops, prawn and fish farms, sugar growing and refining, beef cattle, coal mining related industries, abattoirs and tourism.

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