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.

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