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MacDONALD, the Hon. John Alexander Lindsay (Sandy)Biography for MacDONALD, the Hon. John Alexander Lindsay (Sandy)

Senator for (NSW)

The Nationals



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1993. Defeated at general elections 1998. Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 4.5.2000 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Hon. D Brownhill (resigned). and 2001. Retired with the expiration of term 2008.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 27.8.02 to 11.8.05

Temporary Chair of Committees from 8.2.07 to 30.6.08


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade from 6.7.2005 to 27.1.2006.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 27.1.2006 to 30.1.2007.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 18.8.1993 to 30.6.1999 (Chair from 27.6.1996 to 30.6.1999); Scrutiny of Bills from 2.5.1996 to 9.11.1998.

Senate Select: Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.1993 to 30.3.1995; Unresolved Whistleblower Cases from 1.12.1994 to 26.10.1995; Aircraft Noise in Sydney from 23.3.1995 to 30.11.1995; Uranium Mining and Milling from 8.5.1996 to 15.5.1997; Lucas Heights Reactor from 17.8.2000 to 24.5.2001.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 18.8.1993 to 10.10.1994; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 10.11.1997 to 30.6.1999 (Chair from 11.11.1997 to 30.6.1999); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 9.5.2000 to 11.8.2005 (Chair from 11.5.2000 to 11.8.2005); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 9.5.2000 to 11.8.2005; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.2.2007 to 23.3.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 23.3.2007 to 30.6.2008.

Joint Statutory: Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 31.5.1996 to 30.6.1996; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 11.5.2000 to 11.2.2002; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 14.2.2002 to 10.8.2005; Intelligence and Security from 17.8.2007 to 17.10.2007.

Joint Select: Intelligence Services from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions and bilateral visit to Spain, September-October 1995

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 43rd CPA Conference, Mauritius, and bilateral visit to South Africa, September 1997

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, March 1999

Member, Official Australian Observer Mission to the Indonesian Elections, June 1999

Australian Representative to the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the Zimbabwe Elections, June 2000

Member, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to East Timor, February 2001

Member, Australian Mission to Gallipoli, Turkey, Anzac Day, April 2001

Member, Senate Delegation to the Thai and Cambodian Senates, July 2001

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, April 2003

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, May 2003

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Timor, July 2003

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Mexico, September 2003

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Israel, November 2003

Official visit to North and South Vietnam, April 2004

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Taiwan, May 2004

Attended Anzac Day Memorial Services at Kanchanaburi, Thailand, April 2005

Attended Australia-Fiji Business Forum, Fiji, October 2005

Attended Australian Business Delegation, Turkey and Oman, November 2005

Defence Parliamentary Secretary visits to ADF troops, Solomon Islands, May 2006

Defence Parliamentary Secretary visits to ADF troops, Solomon Islands, December 2006

ADF Parliamentary Program, RIMPAC, Hawaii, July 2006

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to India and the Philippines, September-October 2007


Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 9.8.2005 to 7.2.2007.


Party Positions

Member, National Party from 1978

Member, National Party Central Council from 1984


Personal

Born 10.5.1954, Quirindi, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LL.B (Syd)

Wool and beef producer