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216 Margaret Street (Cnr Duggan Street), Toowoomba QLD 4350

Biography

John McVeigh was declared as the Federal Member for Groom on 22 July, 2016.

He was sworn in as the Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government on December 20, 2017.

Before his elevation to Cabinet he was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit; and the Standing Committees on Industry, Innovation Science and Resources; and Agriculture and Water Resources.

John also chaired the Coalition’s Policy Committee for Industry, Innovation, Science and Northern Australia and was the chair of the Federal Government’s Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation.

John was the Member for Toowoomba South in the Queensland Parliament (2012 – 2016) during which time he served as the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and as a member of the four-minister Cabinet Budget Review Committee.

He was also the Shadow Minister for Science, Information Technology and Innovation.

He was previously a Councillor on the Toowoomba Regional Council from 2008 to 2012 where he held the Corporate Services Portfolio and Chaired the Audit Committee.

John spent his early childhood on a Darling Downs grain farm starting school at Jondaryan State School and completing his schooling at St. Joseph’s and finally Downlands College in Toowoomba.

John has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Economics) (University of Southern Queensland), Master of Business Administration (Bond University) and a PhD in Agribusiness Management (University of Queensland).

His commercial career prior to politics included administrative, marketing and management positions with the Bank of Queensland, Elders Pastoral, Cargill Australia, Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries Research And Development Corporation and the International Food Institute of QLD.

In 1996, John established a management consulting practice based in Toowoomba and went on to manage projects covering aquaculture, beef, cotton, dairy, grains, horticulture, timber, wool and food processing throughout Australia and New Zealand and in America, Brazil, China, Europe and South Africa.

John is proud to live with his wife, Anita, and six children in Toowoomba and is passionate about the role that regional Queensland will play in the future of our nation.

From John

Anthony Albanese has still not learnt the lessons of Labor’s policy failures and the need for a consistent approach on border protection.

Sep 04

Under the Morrison Government bulk billing is at a record high. Read more at: http://lbr.al/whf0

Sep 04

Did you know 28% of child sex offenders sentenced in Australia last year did not serve one day in jail? That’s just not OK, not even close and it has to change. These offenders are the lowest of the low and we’re going to ensure they go to jail with new mandatory sentencing laws. We owe it to our kids to protect them. What’s more, the most serious offenders could be jailed for life under our new laws we’re going to introduce to Parliament next week.

Sep 03

Today is Australian National Flag Day, marking the anniversary of the day our flag was first flown.

Sep 03

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216 Margaret Street (Cnr Duggan Street), Toowoomba QLD 4350