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PRICE, the Hon. Melissa LeeBiography for PRICE, the Hon. Melissa Lee

Member for Durack (WA)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Durack, Western Australia, 2013. Re-elected 2016, 2019 and 2022.

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Minister for the Environment from 20.12.2017 to 28.8.2018.

Minister for the Environment from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.

Cabinet Minister from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.

Minister for Defence Industry from 29.5.2019 to 23.5.2022.

Cabinet Minister from 30.3.2021 to 23.5.2022.

Minister for Science and Technology from 8.10.2021 to 23.5.2022.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 14.9.2016 to 15.9.2016.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 22.2.2016 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.9.2016 to 20.12.2017; Northern Australia from 14.9.2016 to 20.12.2017.

Joint Select: Northern Australia from 9.12.2013 to 9.5.2016.

House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture and Industry from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Indigenous Affairs from 4.12.2013 to 11.11.2015; Infrastructure and Communications from 4.12.2013 to 9.9.2015; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 25.9.2014 to 22.2.2016; Communications and the Arts from 11.11.2015 to 9.5.2016; Indigenous Affairs from 14.9.2016 to 20.12.2017 (Chair from 14.9.2016 to 20.12.2017).

House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation from 13.6.2017 to 20.12.2017.


Born 12.12.1963, Kalgoorlie, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLB(Hons) (London South Bank University).

GradDipLaw (University of Western Australia).

Non-Executive Director of the Cancer Council (WA) to 2016.

Non-Executive Director of the BrightSpark Foundation to 2016.

Solicitor in private practice from 1997 to 2002.

General Counsel and Business Development Manager at CBH Group from 2002 to 2008.

Vice-President of Legal and Business Development for Crosslands Resources Ltd. from 2008 to 2012.


Name: Durack

Location: Durack covers a large area from Kununurra in the north to Quairading in the south and includes coastal islands. The division includes the Cities of Greater Geraldton and Karratha and the Shires of Broome, Carnarvon, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Goomalling, Narembeen, Quairading, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Victoria Plains, Wiluna and Yilgarn.

Area: 1,629,858 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 97,104 (at 7.6.2019)

Industries: Industries include fishing, agriculture, mining and tourism.