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BROUGH, the Hon. Malcolm (Mal) ThomasBiography for BROUGH, the Hon. Malcolm (Mal) Thomas

Member for Fisher (Qld) 2013-16

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Longman, Queensland, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Defeated at general elections 2007.

Elected to the House of Representatives for Fisher, Queensland, 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 16.2.00 to 30.1.01.

Minister for Employment Services from 14.2.01 to 18.7.04.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 7.10.03 to 18.7.04.

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer from 18.7.04 to 27.1.06.

Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.

Special Minister of State from 21.9.15 to 18.2.16. [Stood aside on 29.12.2015].

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science from 21.9.15 to 18.2.16.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 30.5.96 to 31.8.98; Industry, Science and Resources from 21.6.99 to 8.3.00; Infrastructure and Communications from 4.12.13 to 24.9.14.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 8.12.98 to 7.3.00.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.6.96 to 31.8.98; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 4.12.13 to 12.10.15 (Chair from.11.2.14 to 12.10.15).

Party Positions

State President, Liberal Party (Qld) 2008.

Member, Liberal Party Kawana Branch.


Born 29.12.1961, Brisbane, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Military service 1979-87.

Private sector business 1988-96.


Description: rural.

Location: central and southern Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane; it includes the centres of Beerburrum, Beerwah, Caloundra, Kawana, Landsborough, Maleny, Minyama, Montville and Sippy Downs. It also includes Glass House Mountains.

Area: 1170 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 88 383 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: tourism, service industries, education, pineapple, orchard and flower crops, dairy and beef cattle farming, and horse racing.

State electorates: Fisher includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Caloundra and Kawana, and parts of Glass House, Maroochydore and Nicklin.