Title Biography for CANAVAN, the Hon. Matthew James
Database Biographies
Date 09-04-2018
Source Parliamentary Library
Current member Yes
State QLD
System Id handbook/allmps/245212

CANAVAN, the Hon. Matthew JamesBiography for CANAVAN, the Hon. Matthew James

Senator for Queensland


Parliamentary Service

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

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Northern Australia from 18.2.16 to 19.7.16.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia from 19.7.16 to 25.7.17 and from 27.10.17.

Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.14 to 23.2.16; Environment and Communications: Legislation Committee from 1.7.14 to 3.3.15.

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16; Public Works from 1.7.14 to 2.3.15 and from 4.3.15 to 4.2.16.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.14 to 4.2.16; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 1.7.14 to 15.6.15.

Joint Select: Northern Australia from 1.7.14 to 23.2.15.

Senate Select: Wind Turbines from 27.11.14 to 3.8.15; Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 25.6.15 to 23.2.16; Abbott Government's Budget Cuts from 17.7.14 to 9.5.16 (renamed Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures on 11.8.15); Unconventional Gas Mining from 12.11.15 to 23.2.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 10.9.15 to 9.5.16.


Born 17.12.1980, Southport, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (Hons), BA (Qld).

Senior Research Economist, Productivity Commission 2003-08.

Senior Executive, KPMG 2008-09.

Director, Productivity Commission 2009-10.

Chief of Staff to Senator BTG Joyce 2010-13.