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

Member for Groom (Qld) 1998-2016.

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Groom, Queensland, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

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 to 21.9.15.

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; Public Accounts and Audit from 13.10.15 to 9.5.16.

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.