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MACDONALD, the Hon. Ian DouglasBiography for MACDONALD, the Hon. Ian Douglas

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1990 (term began 1.7.1990), 1996, 2001, 2007 and 2013.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 1.7.11.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment from 11.11.96 to 21.10.98.

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.

Minister for Forestry and Conservation from 26.11.01 to 14.11.02.

Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation from 14.11.02 to 27.1.06.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 24.8.90 to 1.6.92 and from 16.3.12 to 1.7.14; Appropriations and Staffing from 2.5.96 to 1.7.02; Senators' Interests from 2.5.96 to 6.11.00; Privileges from 13.11.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.8.90 to 4.6.92; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 11.9.90 to 18.5.93; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 17.10.94, from 2.5.96 to 14.10.96 and from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14; Finance and Public Administration: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 29.5.97 and Legislation Committee from 8.5.96 (Chair from 9.5.96) to 14.12.96; Finance and Public Administration from 23.3.07 to 9.5.07; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 9.5.96 to 27.5.97; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 13.11.13 (Chair of Legislation from 2.12.13).

Senate Estimates: E from 24.8.90 to 5.3.92 and from 6.5.93 to 8.2.94; D from 5.3.92 to 20.8.92; C from 20.8.92 to 6.5.93 and from 8.2.94 to 10.10.94.

Senate Select: State Government Financial Management from 14.2.08 to 18.9.08; National Broadband Network from 26.6.08 to 17.6.10; Climate Policy from 17.3.09 to 15.6.09; Fuel and Energy from 18.3.10 to 30.8.10; Electricity Prices from 3.10.12 to 4.10.12; Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs from 1.10.14.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 31.5.96 to 12.2.97; Public Accounts from 1.7.96 to 29.11.96; Australian Crime Commission from 27.2.06 to 17.10.07; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 27.10.10 to 16.3.12.

Joint Standing: National Capital from 6.5.92 to 20.5.93; National Capital and External Territories from 20.5.93 to 29.1.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 31.5.96 to 25.11.96 and from 30.9.10; Treaties from 23.3.07 to 17.10.07; National Broadband Network from 3.3.11 to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 25.9.14.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, January-February 1991.

Official visits to Thailand and Indonesia, November 1997; UK and USA, September 2000; Saudi Arabia, November 2000; France, June 2003; Italy and UK, November-December 2003; Reunion and Mauritius, January 2004; Micronesia, December 2004; France and Italy, March 2005; Canada and USA, May 2005; Marshall Islands, June 2005; Indonesia, December 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Poland and Italy, June-July 2006.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Russia and UK, January-February 2007.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Tonga and Vanuatu, July-August 2009.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, January 2010.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Solomon Islands and Samoa, July-August 2011.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Belgium, France and Israel, April-May 2012.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 28.4.92 to 11.3.96 and from 6.12.07 to 8.12.09. Shadow Minister for Local Government and the Australian Capital Territory from 28.4.92 to 26.5.94; Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96; Shadow Minister for Infrastructure from 25.9.94 to 11.3.96; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Northern Australia from 6.12.07 to 8.12.09.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia from 8.12.09 to 18.9.13; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

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.


Born 29.11.1945, Brisbane, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia 1969-90.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Burdekin Shire Council 1979-90.