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Biography for MacKELLAR, the Hon. Michael John Randal

Member for Warringah (NSW) 1969-94

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Warringah, New South Wales, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. Resigned 18.2.94.

Parliamentary Appointments

Commonwealth Parliamentary Representative on the Council of the Australian National University from 10.3.70 to 18.2.76.

Member, Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization from 15.3.85 to 16.12.86.

Parliamentary Positions

Deputy Chairman of Committees from 1.3.73 to 11.4.74 and from 8.5.90 to 8.2.93.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 22.12.75 to 8.12.79.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 25.8.78 to 8.12.79.

Minister for Health from 8.12.79 to 20.4.82.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 8.12.79 to 3.11.80.

Minister for Home Affairs and Environment from 17.2.81 to 19.3.81.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Environment and Conservation from 18.8.82 (Chairman from 19.8.82) to 4.2.83; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 8.10.87 to 1.6.89; Selection from 16.2.88 to 19.2.90; House from 16.5.90 to 18.2.94.

House of Representatives Select: Wildlife Conservation 1970-72.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 1.3.73 to 11.4.74; National Crime Authority from 15.10.85 to 1.6.89.

Joint: Foreign Affairs from 7.4.71 to 2.11.72; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 16.5.73 to 11.4.74 and from 12.5.83 to 5.6.87; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.10.87 to 18.2.94.

Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 1.6.89 to 19.2.90.

Joint Select: Electoral Reform from 20.3.85 to 5.6.87.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Delegation to South Pacific Conference, Noumea, 1971.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the People's Republic of China, June 1973.

Leader, Australian Delegation to UN Habitat Conference, Vancouver, May 1976.

Represented the Commonwealth Government at Independence celebrations, Seychelles, June 1976.

Official visits to Europe and North America, May-June 1976; Cyprus and Italy, February 1977; New Zealand, March 1978; South-East Asia, July 1978; USA, UK, West Germany, France and New Zealand, January-February 1980; and to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Mauritius, July-August 1980.

Attended South Pacific Forum, Fiji and Kiribati, July 1980.

Represented the Commonwealth Government at the funerals of the President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, August 1977, and of the Prime Minister of Botswana, the Hon. Sir Seretse Khama, KBE, July 1980.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, January 1982.

Member, Observer Delegation to 6th General Assembly AIPO, Singapore, October 1983.

Member, 76th IPU Conference, Buenos Aires, October 1986.

Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 35th CPA Conference, Barbados, October 1989.

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, February-March 1991.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland, July-August 1991.

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade study tour of Indonesia, October 1992.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 5.4.73 to 14.6.74.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.6.74 to 11.11.75; from 16.3.83 to 9.9.85 and from 7.4.93 to 18.2.94. Spokesman on Immigration from 14.6.74 to 11.11.75; on Foreign Affairs from 16.3.83 to 14.12.84; Shadow Special Minister of State from 14.12.84 to 9.9.85; Spokesman on Science from 14.12.84 to 9.9.85; Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition's Management Group and Parliamentary Secretary on Parliamentary Liaison from 7.4.93 to 18.2.94.

Deputy Opposition Leader of the House from 19.2.85 to 9.9.85.

Opposition Whip from 12.5.89 to 11.4.90.

Party Positions

Member, NSW Rural Committee from 1966.

Member, Liberal Party State Council (NSW) from 1970.

Member, Liberal Party Standing Committee on Education and Science (NSW) from 1971.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) 1973-80 and from 1985.

Member, Liberal Party Joint Standing Committee on Federal Policy 1973-80.


Born 27.10.38 at Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BScAgr (Syd), MA (Oxon).

Agricultural scientist, specialising in agricultural extension.


Description: Inner metropolitan.

Location: Northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah, Brookvale, Curl Curl, Fairlight, Forestville, Harbord, Killarney Heights, Manly, Manly Vale, Mosman, Queenscliff and Seaforth.

Area: 61 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 77 879 (at 15.2.93).

Industries: Light industry, small manufacturing and service industries.

State electorates: Warringah includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Manly, and parts of Davidson, North Shore, Wakehurst and Willoughby.