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MASON, the Hon. Brett JohnBiography for MASON, the Hon. Brett John

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1998. Re-elected 2004 and 2010. Resigned 15.4.2015.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing from 21.3.2007 to 3.12.2007.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 18.9.2013 to 23.12.2014.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.1999 to 23.3.2007; Scrutiny of Bills from 31.8.1999 to 23.3.2007; Publications from 13.2.2008 to 11.11.2013.

Senate Select: A Certain Maritime Incident from 11.3.2002 to 23.10.2002.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.1999 to 8.6.2000; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.1999 to 11.9.2006; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 17.2.2000 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 17.2.2000 to 11.9.2006); Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.2006 to 23.10.2006; Finance and Public Administration from 22.12.2006 to 23.3.2007; Education and Employment: Legislation from 3.3.2015 to 15.4.2015.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 8.2.2001 to 1.7.2002; Corporations and Financial Services from 15.10.2008 to 19.7.2010; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 25.10.2010 to 16.3.2012.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.1999 to 26.2.2007; Treaties from 1.7.1999 to 23.3.2007.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, November 2003.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2006.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education from 6.12.2007 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education and School Curriculum Standards from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Shadow Minister for Universities and Research from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (Qld.) from 1995 to 1998.

Chair of the Liberal Party Brisbane Federal Electorate Council from 1995 to 1997.

Vice-Chair of the Liberal Party Standing Committee on Policy (Qld.) from 1997 to 1998.


Born 5.3.1962, Canberra, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

PhD (Griffith University).

BA (Australian National University).

LLB(Hons) (Australian National University).

MPhil (University of Cambridge).


Lecturer in Criminology, Queensland University of Technology.


Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal 2003.


Privacy without principle: the use and abuse of privacy in Australian law and public policy Australian Scholarly Publishing Melbourne 2006.

Future proofing Australia: the right answers for our future (ed. with D Wood) Melbourne University Press 2013.