Ian Macdonald (Australian politician)
|Senator for Queensland|
1 July 1990
29 November 1945 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
Ian Douglas Macdonald (born 29 November 1945), Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate since July 1990, representing Queensland. He was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and was a solicitor before entering politics. He was also a Councillor in the Burdekin Shire Council 1979–90.
Senator Macdonald was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment from 1996 to 1998, Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government from 1998 to 2001, Minister for Forestry and Conservation from 2001 to 2002, and Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation from November 2002 until January 2006 when he lost his position in a Cabinet reshuffle triggered by the retirement of Robert Hill.
On 22 September 2008 Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull announced Macdonald as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia, and he was later appointed shadow parliamentary secretary for the defence force and defence support. However, on election of the Abbott Government, it was announced on the 16 September 2013, that despite Tony Abbott's stated aim of ministry continuity Macdonald had missed out on a ministry. Senator Macdonald described this day as the 'Worst day of my life'.
On 3 November 2011 during debate on carbon tax legislation, Ian Macdonald stated "GetUp! is the Hitler Youth wing of the Greens political movement." Senator Macdonald stood by his comments when challenged. While he later apologised to the Jewish community for this remark, he did not withdraw the comment in Parliament. He also once likened Stephen Conroy to Joseph Goebbels.
- "Ministers depart ahead of reshuffle". The Age. 22 January 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
- Appointment of Shadow Ministry
- "Hansard". Parliament of Australia. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "Greens and GetUp! demand apology over Hitler youth slur". Herald Sun. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "GetUp outraged by Hitler Youth comments". 774 ABC Melbourne. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "Senator aims 'Nazi' slur at minister during question time". Sydney Morning Herald. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
|New title||Minister for Regional Services, Territories
and Local Government
|Minister for (Fisheries,)
Forestry and Conservation
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