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CANAVAN, the Hon. Matthew JamesBiography for CANAVAN, the Hon. Matthew James

Senator for (Qld)

The Nationals

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2013. Re-elected 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Northern Australia from 18.2.2016 to 19.7.2016.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia from 19.7.2016 to 25.7.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 19.7.2016 to 25.7.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 27.10.2017.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia from 27.10.2017.

Committee Service

Senate Select: Abbott Government's Budget Cuts from 17.7.2014 to 11.8.2015; Wind Turbines from 27.11.2014 to 3.8.2015; Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 25.6.2015 to 23.2.2016; Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures from 11.8.2015 to 9.5.2016; Unconventional Gas Mining from 12.11.2015 to 23.2.2016.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 23.2.2016; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 1.7.2014 to 3.3.2015; Economics: References from 1.7.2014 to 23.2.2016.

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Public Works from 1.7.2014 to 2.3.2015; Public Works from 4.3.2015 to 4.2.2016.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.2014 to 4.2.2016; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 1.7.2014 to 15.6.2015.

Joint Select: Northern Australia from 1.7.2014 to 23.2.2015.

Parliamentary Party Positions

The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 10.9.2015 to 9.5.2016.


Born 17.12.1980, Southport, Australia.


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Ec (Hons)(Qld)

B.A (Qld)

Senior Research Economist, Productivity Commission 2003-08

Senior Executive, KPMG 2008-09

Director, Productivity Commission 2009-10

Chief of Staff to Senator BTG Joyce 2010-13