Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald

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Senator for Queensland

Positions
Chair of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

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

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1990. (term ended 30.06.1996). Re-elected 1996 (term began 01.07.1996). 2001, 2007, 2013 and 2016.
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 24.08.1990 to 01.06.1992; Appropriations and Staffing from 02.05.1996 to 01.07.2002; Senators' Interests from 02.05.1996 to 06.11.2000; Scrutiny of Bills from 16.03.2012 to 01.07.2014; Privileges from 13.11.2013 to 09.05.2016; Privileges from 01.09.2016 to 06.10.2018; Treaties from 01.09.2016; Privileges from 21.10.2018.
  • Senate Select: State Government Financial Management from 14.02.2008 to 18.09.2008; National Broadband Network from 26.06.2008 to 17.06.2010; Climate Policy from 17.03.2009 to 15.06.2009; Fuel and Energy from 18.03.2010 to 30.08.2010; Electricity Prices from 03.10.2012 to 04.10.2012; Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs from 01.10.2014 to 27.03.2015; Future of Work and Workers from 16.11.2017.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.08.1990 to 04.06.1992; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 11.09.1990 to 18.05.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 10.10.1994 to 17.10.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 02.05.1996 to 14.10.1996; Finance and Public Administration: References from 02.05.1996 to 29.05.1997; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 08.05.1996 to 14.12.1996 (Chair from 09.05.1996 to 14.12.1996); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 09.05.1996 to 27.05.1997; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 11.09.2006 to 11.02.2008; Finance and Public Administration from 23.03.2007 to 09.05.2007; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 09.05.2016 (Chair from 02.12.2013 to 09.05.2016); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 13.11.2013 to 01.07.2014; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 13.11.2013 to 09.05.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 01.09.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 01.09.2016 (Chair from 01.09.2016); Economics: Legislation from 12.09.2016 to 28.11.2016; Economics: References from 12.09.2016 to 28.11.2016; Economics: References from 15.02.2017 to 22.03.2018; Economics: Legislation from 15.02.2017 to 22.03.2018.
  • Senate Estimates: E from 24.08.1990 to 05.03.1992; D from 05.03.1992 to 20.08.1992; C from 20.08.1992 to 06.05.1993; E from 06.05.1993 to 08.02.1994; C from 08.02.1994 to 10.10.1994.
  • Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 31.05.1996 to 12.02.1997; Public Accounts from 01.07.1996 to 29.11.1996; Australian Crime Commission from 27.02.2006 to 17.10.2007; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 27.10.2010 to 16.03.2012.
  • Joint Standing: National Capital from 06.05.1992 to 20.05.1993; National Capital and External Territories from 20.05.1993 to 29.01.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 31.05.1996 to 25.11.1996; Treaties from 23.03.2007 to 17.10.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 30.09.2010 to 09.05.2016; National Broadband Network from 03.03.2011 to 05.08.2013; Treaties from 01.09.2016; Northern Australia from 12.09.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.09.2016 to 06.10.2018 (Chair from 11.09.2018 to 06.10.2018); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 21.10.2018.
  • Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 25.09.2014 to 09.05.2016.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Local Government and the Australian Capital Territory from 28.4.92 to 26.5.94
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 28.4.92 to 11.3.96
  • 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
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry 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, Australia.
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia 1969-90