Biography

Mark was first elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Parkes, New South Wales, in 2007. He has since been re-elected in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Currently the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Mark is proud to have held this parliamentary position since March 2018.

During his time in the Federal Parliament, Mark has also held the positions of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, National Party’s Chief Whip, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Ageing and the Voluntary Sector, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Conservation and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Emerging Trade Markets.

Mark has also served on numerous parliamentary committees since entering Federal Parliament in 2007. He is currently Chair of the Standing Committee on Publications and a member of the following committees:

  • House of Representatives Standing Committee on Appropriations and Administration;
  • House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs;
  • House of Representatives Selection Committee;
  • Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings; and
  • Joint Committee on Publications.

Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Mark was the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council from 2004 until 2007.

Mark has an extensive agricultural background having spent 30 years as a farmer and grazier. Mark and his wife Robyn owned and operated a mixed farming system growing cereal crops and running beef cattle.

The electorate of Parkes covers an area of 393 413 square kilometres – which is 49% of NSW and has an economy based on agriculture and mining.

As the Federal Member for Parkes, Mark represents one of the largest Aboriginal populations in the Australian Parliament.

When Parliament is not sitting, Mark and his wife Robyn cover large distances travelling from community to community to meet with their constituents.

From Mark

Supporting you and your family through the coronavirus crisis.

Apr 01

• My workplace has more than 100 people, can I still go to work? • Should I be taking my kids out of childcare or school? • What about sports and activities? Our coronavirus frequently asked questions can be found right here - https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

Mar 25

The Australian border has now closed for non-citizens and non-residents. Only Australian citizens, residents, and their family will be allowed to travel here.

Mar 20

All Australians have a role to play to defeat coronavirus and we do that by slowing down its spread. Every, single Australian needs to do their part - practice social distancing - that’s staying 1.5m away from each other - good hand hygiene, and if you feel even slightly sick or have the sniffles, please stay home and isolate yourself from other people. By sticking together and supporting each other, we will get through this, we will protect and save lives, and we will bounce back stronger on the other side.

Mar 20