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MACFARLANE, the Hon. Ian ElginBiography for MACFARLANE, the Hon. Ian Elgin

Member for Groom (Qld)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Groom, Queensland, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

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.

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.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to China, April 2002; Japan and Singapore, May 2002; UK, France, Russia and Mexico, July 2002; USA, December 2003; Japan, May 2004; USA, June 2004; New Zealand, December 2004; USA and Mexico, January 2005; UK, France and Austria, April 2005; USA, June 2005; Chile, Mexico and USA, August 2005; Japan and Thailand, September-October 2005; Republic of Korea, China and Mongolia, October 2005; USA and Mexico, January 2006; Indonesia and UK, June-July 2006; Mexico, September-October 2006; Japan, November 2006; India, November 2006.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.

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.

Other Positions

Deputy Chair, Presiding Officers' Information Technology Advisory Group.


Born 5.4.1955 at Kingaroy, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


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.