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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

Since becoming Prime Minister I have travelled to drought-affected communities, talking to farmers and engaging with communities. Our farmers and graziers are the best in the world. They are doing it tough, and we are on their side. That's why we passed the Future Drought Fund through the House last night, which will provide $5 billion in permanent funding support for drought resilience projects all around Australia.

Jul 23

Amazing to meet Scarlett and Anna with Katie Allen MP this morning to announce our Government will expand the PBS listing of the medicine Kalydeco for infants, helping children living with Cystic Fibrosis. It will save families up to $300,000 a year, taking it down to as little as $6.50 a script. Improving the lives of children like Scarlett and Anna are the inspiring reason we do our jobs as parliamentarians.

Jul 21

Our farmers are the best in the world despite years of drought and hardship. That’s why today at the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit in Dubbo, I announced that our Government is committed to take our agricultural sector to a $100 billion industry by 2030.

Jul 19

The Morrison Government is focused on delivering on our plan to create 1.25 million more jobs over the next five years.

Jul 18

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