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CANAVAN, the Hon. Matthew (Matt) JamesBiography for CANAVAN, the Hon. Matthew (Matt) James

Senator for Queensland

The Nationals

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2013. Re-elected 2016 and 2022.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Northern Australia from 18.2.2016 to 19.7.2016.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia from 19.7.2016 to 25.7.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 19.7.2016 to 25.7.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 27.10.2017 to 3.2.2020.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia from 27.10.2017 to 3.2.2020.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 10.9.2015 to 24.2.2016.

Senate Select: Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures (formerly Abbott Government's Budget Cuts) from 17.7.2014 to 23.2.2016; Wind Turbines from 27.11.2014 to 3.8.2015; Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 25.6.2015 to 23.2.2016; Unconventional Gas Mining from 12.11.2015 to 23.2.2016; Administration of Sports Grants from 5.2.2020 to 18.3.2021; Tobacco Harm Reduction from 7.10.2020 to 18.12.2020; Job Security from 10.12.2020 to 30.3.2022 (Deputy Chair from 17.12.2020 to 30.3.2022).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 23.2.2016; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 3.3.2015; Economics: References from 1.7.2014 to 23.2.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 19.10.2015 to 20.10.2015 (Substitute member from 19.10.2015 to 20.10.2015); Education and Employment: Legislation from 2.9.2021 (Chair from 2.9.2021); Education and Employment: References from 2.9.2021 (Deputy Chair from 2.9.2021).

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Public Works from 1.7.2014 to 2.3.2015; Public Works from 4.3.2015 to 4.2.2016.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.2014 to 4.2.2016; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 1.7.2014 to 15.6.2015; Northern Australia from 18.6.2020.

Joint Select: Northern Australia from 1.7.2014 to 23.2.2016.

Parliamentary Party Positions

The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 10.9.2015 to 9.5.2016.

Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 2.7.2019.


Born 17.12.1980, Southport, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Queensland).

BEc(Hons) (University of Queensland).

Senior Research Economist at the Productivity Commission from 2003 to 2008.

Senior Executive at KPMG from 2008 to 2009.

Director of the Productivity Commission from 2009 to 2010.

Chief of Staff to Senator B Joyce from 2010 to 2013.