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BROUGH, the Hon. Malcolm (Mal) ThomasBiography for BROUGH, the Hon. Malcolm (Mal) Thomas

Member for Fisher (Qld)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Longman, Queensland, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004. Defeated at general elections 2007. Elected to the House of Representatives for Fisher, Queensland, 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 16.2.2000 to 30.1.2001.

Minister for Employment Services from 14.2.2001 to 18.7.2004.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 7.10.2003 to 18.7.2004.

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer from 18.7.2004 to 27.1.2006.

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Special Minister of State from 21.9.2015 to 29.12.2015.

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science from 21.9.2015 to 29.12.2015.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 8.12.1998 to 7.3.2000.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.6.1996 to 31.8.1998; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 4.12.2013 to 12.10.2015 (Chair from 11.2.2014 to 12.10.2015).

House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Industry, Science and Resources from 21.6.1999 to 8.3.2000; Infrastructure and Communications from 4.12.2013 to 24.9.2014.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party Kawana Branch.

President of the Liberal Party State Branch (Qld.), 2008.


Born 29.12.1961, Brisbane, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Private sector business from 1988 to 1996.

Military Service

Military service from 1979 to 1987.


Name: Fisher

Location: central and southern Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane; it includes the centres of Beerburrum, Beerwah, Caloundra, Kawana, Landsborough, Maleny, Minyama, Montville and Sippy Downs. It also includes Glass House Mountains.

Area: 1,170 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 88,383 (at 7.9.2013)

Industries: tourism, service industries, education, pineapple, orchard and flower crops, dairy and beef cattle farming, and horse racing.

Includes: Fisher includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Caloundra and Kawana, and parts of Glass House, Maroochydore and Nicklin.