Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald

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Senator for Queensland

Positions
Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
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. Re-elected 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 11.11.1996 to 21.10.1998.
  • Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government from 21.10.1998 to 26.11.2001.
  • Minister for Forestry and Conservation from 26.11.2001 to 14.11.2002.
  • Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation from 14.11.2002 to 27.1.2006.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 24.8.1990 to 1.6.1992; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.1996 to 1.7.2002; Senators' Interests from 2.5.1996 to 6.11.2000; Scrutiny of Bills from 16.3.2012 to 1.7.2014; Privileges from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Privileges from 1.9.2016 to 6.10.2018; Treaties from 1.9.2016; Privileges from 21.10.2018.
  • Senate Select: State Government Financial Management from 14.2.2008 to 18.9.2008; National Broadband Network from 26.6.2008 to 17.6.2010; Climate Policy from 17.3.2009 to 15.6.2009; Fuel and Energy from 18.3.2010 to 30.8.2010; Electricity Prices from 3.10.2012 to 4.10.2012; Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs from 1.10.2014 to 27.3.2015; Future of Work and Workers from 16.11.2017.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.8.1990 to 4.6.1992; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 11.9.1990 to 18.5.1993; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 10.10.1994 to 17.10.1994; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 2.5.1996 to 14.10.1996; Finance and Public Administration: References from 2.5.1996 to 29.5.1997; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 8.5.1996 to 14.12.1996 (Chair from 9.5.1996 to 14.12.1996); Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 9.5.1996 to 27.5.1997; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 11.9.2006 to 11.2.2008; Finance and Public Administration from 23.3.2007 to 9.5.2007; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016); Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 1.9.2016 to 6.10.2018; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 6.10.2018 (Chair from 1.9.2016 to 6.10.2018); Economics: Legislation from 12.9.2016 to 28.11.2016; Economics: References from 12.9.2016 to 28.11.2016; Economics: References from 15.2.2017 to 22.3.2018; Economics: Legislation from 15.2.2017 to 22.3.2018; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 22.10.2018 (Chair from 22.10.2018).
  • Senate Estimates: E from 24.8.1990 to 5.3.1992; D from 5.3.1992 to 20.8.1992; C from 20.8.1992 to 6.5.1993; E from 6.5.1993 to 8.2.1994; C from 8.2.1994 to 10.10.1994.
  • Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 31.5.1996 to 12.2.1997; Public Accounts from 1.7.1996 to 29.11.1996; Australian Crime Commission from 27.2.2006 to 17.10.2007; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 27.10.2010 to 16.3.2012.
  • Joint Standing: National Capital from 6.5.1992 to 20.5.1993; National Capital and External Territories from 20.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 31.5.1996 to 25.11.1996; Treaties from 23.3.2007 to 17.10.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 30.9.2010 to 9.5.2016; National Broadband Network from 3.3.2011 to 5.8.2013; Treaties from 1.9.2016; Northern Australia from 12.9.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.2016 to 6.10.2018 (Chair from 11.9.2018 to 6.10.2018); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 21.10.2018 (Chair from 25.10.2018).
  • Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 25.9.2014 to 9.5.2016.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Local Government and the Australian Capital Territory from 28.4.1992 to 26.5.1994.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 28.4.1992 to 11.3.1996.
  • Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Shadow Minister for Infrastructure from 25.9.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Shadow Minister Assisting the Opposition Leader from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Northern Australia from 6.12.2007 to 8.12.2009.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.2007 to 8.12.2009.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
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