McGRATH, the Hon. JamesBiography for McGRATH, the Hon. James

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2013 (term began 1.7.2014) and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Minister for Immigration from 18.2.16 to 19.7.16.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister from 21.9.15.

Assistant Minister for Regulatory Reform from 10.3.17.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 1.7.14 to 12.10.15.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.14 to 12.10.15; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 1.7.14 to 12.10.15.

Senate Select: Abbott Government's Budget Cuts from 17.7.14 (renamed Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures on 11.8.15) to 12.10.15.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.14 to 12.10.15; Treaties from 1.7.14 to 12.10.15; Parliamentary Library from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 1.7.14 to 23.6.15.

Party Positions

President, Griffith University Liberal Club.

Chair, Sunshine Coast Young Liberal Branch.

(see also Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament below).


Born 14.5.1974, Toowoomba, Qld.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BComm, LLB (Griffith), LLM (QUT).

Admission as Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland.

Solicitor/Articled Clerk, Bennett Carroll and Gibbons (Qld) 1996-99.

Investigating Officer, Parliamentary Ombudsman (Qld) 1999-2001.

Ministerial Adviser, Government of South Australia 2001-02.

Various roles with the Conservative Party (UK) including Deputy Campaign Director for the Boris Johnson Mayoral Campaign, Special Adviser to Shadow Chancellor, Chief of Staff to the Party Chairman, Campaign Co-ordinator 2002-08.

National Presidential Campaign Director, The Maldivian Democratic Party 2008.

Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party of Australia 2009-10.

Campaign Director, Liberal National Party (Qld) 2010-12.

Campaign Director, Country Liberal Party (NT) 2012.

Self-employed contractor 2012-14.

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