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McGAURAN, the Hon. Peter JohnBiography for McGAURAN, the Hon. Peter John

Member for Gippsland (Vic) 1983-2008

The Nationals (formerly National Party of Australia to 11.10.2003)

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Gippsland, Victoria, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Resigned 9.4.2008.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Science and Technology from 11.3.96 to 9.10.97.

Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.

Minister for Science from 26.11.01 to 26.10.04.

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 26.10.04 to 6.7.05.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 6.7.05 to 3.12.07.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 10.5.83 to 26.10.84; Transport Safety from 18.9.85 to 5.6.87; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90 and from 10.3.98 to 31.8.98; Privileges from 16.5.90 to 23.8.95 and from 23.10.97 to 31.8.98; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1.10.97 to 31.8.98.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 8.12.83 to 26.10.84; National Crime Authority from 11.10.84 to 15.11.90; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 31.8.88 to 8.2.93; Native Title from 3.5.94 to 30.8.94; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 11.3.08 to 9.4.08.

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 12.5.83 to 26.10.84; Treaties from 23.10.97 to 31.8.98.

Joint Select: Telecommunications Interception from 30.6.86 to 20.11.86.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Liberal-National Party Delegation to Japan, March 1984.

Member, 73rd IPU Conference, Lome, Togo, March 1985.

Attended International Youth Conference, Jamaica, April 1985.

Alternate Delegate, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Australian Constitutionl Convention, Brisbane, July 1985.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Indonesia, January-February 1989.

Member, 36th CPA Conference, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 1990.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands, September-October 1992.

Member, Official Delegation to the Republic of Korea and Japan, July 1994.

Official visits to Singapore and Malaysia (Langkawi International Dialogue), July-August 1996; Japan, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, November 1996; Belgium, France and Luxembourg, June 2000; UK, July 2000; France, Germany and New Caledonia, October 2000; New Zealand, May 2001; Argentina, September 2002; France, UK and Israel, October-November 2002; Japan, December 2002; USA, June 2003; China and Hong Kong, October-November 2003; France, January-February 2004; New Zealand, March 2004; India, France, UK and Italy, November 2005; USA and Canada, March-April 2006; Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, August 2006; China and Republic of Korea, September-October 2006; New Zealand, November 2006; USA, June-July 2007.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.9.88 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Science and Energy from 16.9.88 to 11.4.90; Science and Technology from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93; Resources and Energy from 7.4.93 to 11.3.96.

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.

Deputy Leader of the House from 11.3.96 to 26.9.97 and from 21.10.98 to 3.12.07.


Born 16.11.1955 at Yallourn, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Melb).

Barrister and solicitor.


Description: rural.

Location: eastern Victoria; it includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Cann River, Churchill, Heyfield, Lakes Entrance, Maffra, Mallacoota, Orbost, Rosedale, Sale, Stratford, Traralgon and Yarram.

Area: 33 264 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 94 882 (at 24.11.07).

Industries: dairying, beef, fishing, forestry, sheep, cropping, sawmills, vegetables, oil, gas, tourism, correctional services, RAAF Base (East Sale).

State electorates: Gippsland includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Gippsland East, and parts of Gippsland South, Morwell and Narracan.