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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. Re-elected 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 10.9.2018.

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister from 21.9.2015 to 28.8.2018.

Assistant Minister for Immigration from 18.2.2016 to 19.7.2016.

Assistant Minister for Regulatory Reform from 29.3.2017 to 20.12.2017.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Parliamentary Library from 1.7.2014 to 12.10.2015; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019; Senators' Interests from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019; Selection of Bills from 2.7.2019; Procedure from 21.10.2021.

Senate Select: Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures (formerly Abbott Government's Budget Cuts) from 17.7.2014 to 12.10.2015; Fair Dinkum Power from 5.12.2018 to 28.6.2019.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment and Communications: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 12.10.2015; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 12.10.2015; Environment and Communications: References from 1.7.2014 to 12.10.2015; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019 (Chair from 14.2.2019 to 25.2.2019); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019; Education and Employment: Legislation from 2.7.2019 to 2.9.2021 (Chair from 3.7.2019 to 2.9.2021); Education and Employment: References from 2.7.2019 to 2.9.2021 (Deputy Chair from 3.7.2019 to 2.9.2021).

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.2014 to 12.10.2015; Treaties from 1.7.2014 to 12.10.2015; Parliamentary Library from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Electoral Matters from 10.9.2018 (Chair from 12.9.2018); Treaties from 10.9.2018 to 1.7.2019.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2015) from 1.7.2014 to 23.6.2015.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 30.8.2016 to 22.8.2018.

Government Deputy Whip in the Senate from 2.7.2019.

Party Positions

President of the Liberal Club (Griffith University).

Chair of the Young Liberals Sunshine Coast Branch.


Born 14.5.1974, Toowoomba, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BCom (Griffith University).

LLB (Griffith University).

LLM (Queensland University of Technology).

Admission as Solicitor.

Solicitor and Articled Clerk at Bennett Carroll and Gibbons (Qld) from 1996 to 1999.

Investigating Officer at the Parliamentary Ombudsman (Qld) from 1999 to 2001.

Ministerial Adviser (SA) from 2001 to 2002.

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 for the Maldivian Democratic Party, 2008.

Deputy Director of the Liberal Party of Australia from 2009 to 2010.

Campaign Director for the Liberal National Party (Qld) from 2010 to 2012.

Campaign Director for the Country Liberal Party (NT), 2012.

Self-employed contractor from 2012 to 2014.