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McCORMACK, the Hon. Michael FrancisBiography for McCORMACK, the Hon. Michael Francis

Member for Riverina (NSW)

The Nationals

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Riverina, New South Wales, 2010. Re-elected 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister from 21.9.2015 to 18.2.2016.

Assistant Minister for Defence from 18.2.2016 to 19.7.2016.

Minister for Small Business from 19.7.2016 to 20.12.2017.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 20.12.2017 to 5.3.2018.

Minister for Defence Personnel from 20.12.2017 to 5.3.2018.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 20.12.2017 to 5.3.2018.

Cabinet Minister from 26.2.2018.

Deputy Prime Minister from 26.2.2018.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport from 5.3.2018 to 28.8.2018.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development from 28.8.2018.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: House from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Regional Australia from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the House from 20.12.2017 to 5.3.2018.

Party Positions

Director, Nationals federal election campaigns for Riverina, 2004

Director, Nationals federal election campaigns for Riverina, 2007

Vice-Chairman, Nationals Riverina Electorate Council 2010

Member, Nationals State Central Council (NSW) 2010

Other Positions

Justice of the Peace


Born 2.8.1964, Wagga Wagga, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Journalist and reporter, The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga 1981-88

Sub-editor, The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga 1988-91

Acting Editor, The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga 1991-92

Editor, The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga 1992-2002

Group Editor, Riverina Media Group 1996-2002

Publisher, MSS Media Services and Solutions 2002-10


40 not out: history of the Marian/St Michael's Cricket Club 1963-2004

Might and bite: history of the Turvey Park Australian Football Club 1952-2002

And the big boys fly: history of the Carroll Cup 1969-2008

Wild colonial boys: bushrangers in the Riverina, 1996

New South Wales: linking Australia to the world, 2003

The mighty Dons: history of the Marian Dons/South Wagga-Tolland Football Club, 2004

From rags to riches: centenary of the Wagga Wagga Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, 2004

Mud, sweat and cheers: 50 years of the Wagga Kangaroos Rugby League Football Club, 2004


Description: Rural

Location: southern New South Wales; towns include Ardlethan, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Cowra, Forbes, Grenfell, Gundagai, Harden, Junee, Parkes, Peak Hill, Tarcutta, Temora, Tullamore, Ungarie, Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong and Young.

Area: 48988 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 111026 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: wheat, barley, canola, rice and cereal crops; farming (fat lambs, wool, poultry, dairying, cattle, ostrich, emu, deer, and goats); food processing, fruit, grapes and wine making; flour-milling, concrete pipes, steel construction, saw milling, joinery, plaster works and tourism.