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CHRISTENSEN, George RobertBiography for CHRISTENSEN, George Robert

Member for Dawson (Qld)


Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Dawson, Queensland, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Selection from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 17.3.14 to 9.5.16) and from 14.9.16; Publications from 14.9.16 (Chair from 14.9.16).

Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 14.9.16.

Joint Select: Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation from 15.9.11 to 7.10.11; Northern Australia from 9.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Party Whip, The Nationals from 17.10.13 to 9.5.16.

Chief Whip, The Nationals from 30.8.16 to 28.2.17.

Party Positions

Member, Nationals (Qld) 1993-2008.

Member, Young Nationals (Qld) 1993-2008.

State President, Young Nationals (Qld) 2003-04.

Mackay Zone Vice-President, Nationals (Qld) 2007-08.

Member, Liberal National Party (Qld) from 2008.

Central Queensland Region Secretary, Liberal National Party (Qld) 2008-09.


Born 30.6.1978, Mackay, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

B. Comms (Journalism) (CQU).

Printing factory worker 2000.

Journalist 2000.

Press secretary 2001-04.

Councillor (see Local government service below) 2004-10.

Newspaper editor and publisher 2005-08.

Local Government Service

Councillor, City of Mackay 2004-08.

Councillor, Mackay Regional Council 2008-10.

Executive member, Urban Local Government Association 2008-10.


Description: rural.

Location: northern and central Queensland coast; it includes the city of Mackay, the southern suburbs of Townsville and the towns of Airlie Beach, Ayr, Bowen, Home Hill and Proserpine.

Area: 14 945 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 103 665 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: small crops, prawn and fish farms, sugar growing and refining, beef cattle, coal mining related industries, abattoirs and tourism.

State electorates: Dawson includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Mackay, and parts of Burdekin, Mirani, Mundingburra and Whitsunday.