Hon Ian Macfarlane MP


Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Groom, Queensland, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Small Business from 30.1.01 to 26.11.01.
  • Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources from 26.11.01 to 3.12.07.
  • Minister for Industry from 18.9.13 to 23.12.14.
  • Minister for Industry and Science from 23.12.14 to 21.9.15.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries and Regional Services from 8.12.98 to 8.3.01; Library from 8.12.98 to 8.3.01; Industry, Science and Resources from 22.6.00 to 8.3.01; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 3.2.10 to 19.7.10; Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts from 10.2.10 to 19.7.10.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.3.08 to 3.2.10; Public Accounts and Audit from 13.10.15 to 9.5.16.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Trade from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09 and from 25.3.10 to 18.9.13; Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Water from 8.12.09 to 25.3.10.
  • Born 5.4.1955 at Kingaroy, Qld.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Farmer.
  • President, Queensland Graingrowers Association.
  • President, Grains Council of Australia.
  • Description: provincial.
  • Location: south-east Queensland, west of Brisbane; it includes the city of Toowoomba and the towns of Oakey and Pittsworth.
  • Area: 5594 sq km (approx.).
  • Electors enrolled: 96 926 (at 7.9.13).
  • Industries: agriculture, retailing, food processing, education, health and community services. Groom also includes the Army Aviation Centre in Oakey and the Army Signals Base at Cabarlah.
  • State electorates: Groom includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Toowoomba North and Toowoomba South, and parts of Condamine, Lockyer, Nanango and Warrego.