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BIDGOOD, James MarkBiography for BIDGOOD, James Mark

Member for Dawson (Qld) 2007-10

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for. Dawson, Queensland, 2007. Retired prior to general elections 2010.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Health and Ageing from 19.2.08 to 22.10.09; Industry, Science and Innovation from 19.2.08 to 22.10.09; Primary Industries and Resources from 19.2.08 to 22.10.09 and from 11.2.10; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 17.6.09 to 22.10.09; Employment and Workplace Relations from 11.2.10 to 19.7.10.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, October 2009.


Born 26.5.1959, Bromley-by-Bow, London, UK.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc(Hons) (Open University, UK).

City and Guilds in Printing (Barking College, Essex, UK).

Printer and platemaker 1976-98.

Professional photographer 1993-99.

Medical centre financial director and.owner 1998-2007.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Mackay City Council 2004-07.

Chair of Finance, Mackay City Council 2004-06.

Chair of Water, Mackay City Council 2006-07.


Description: rural.

Location: central Queensland coast; it includes the city of Mackay and the towns of Airlie Beach, Ayr, Bowen, Home Hill, Proserpine, Walkerston and the Whitsunday Islands and the Lindeman Islands.

Area: 18 052 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 87 394 (at 24.11.07).

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 electorates of Mackay, and parts of Burdekin, Mirani and Whitsunday.