|Member of the Australian Parliament
25 October 1969 – 18 February 1994
|Preceded by||Edward St John|
|Succeeded by||Tony Abbott|
|Born||Michael John Randal MacKellar
27 October 1938
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
MacKellar was born in Sydney and was an agricultural scientist before he entered politics. He was first elected to Parliament in 1969, taking over from the controversial Edward St. John. In December 1975, MacKellar was first appointed to the front bench as the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, a position he held until 1979, when he became Minister for Health and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister. In Opposition, MacKellar acted as Shadow Minister for Science.
MacKellar attracted some controversy over his handling of an incident involving the improper importation of a colour television set. In 1982, a ministerial staffer submitted an incorrect customs declaration form when arranging for the set to be imported. When this was discovered, a fellow Minister, John Moore, attempted a cover-up. Moore and MacKellar both accepted responsibility and resigned as Ministers.
MacKellar resigned from Parliament on 18 February 1994, causing a by-election that was subsequently won by Tony Abbott. Also retiring at the same time as MacKellar was his Liberal colleague Jim Carlton. Carlton resigned from his seat coincidentally called Mackellar. Due to Michael MacKellar having the same name as that of the seat of Mackellar, in one of MacKellar's last days in Parliament, then Prime Minister Paul Keating mistakenly referred to him as the Member for Mackellar.
After leaving politics MacKellar became Chairman of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority in 1998. He has also acted as Chief Operations Officer of the Baker Medical Research Institute and Chief Executive Officer of the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association. MacKellar also served as the president of the Melbourne-based National Ageing Research Institute.
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- Parlinfo Web Biography from the Parliament of Australia
- Chronology of Events relating to the Membership of the 37th Parliament
- Australian Electoral Commission: Warringah (NSW) By-election (26 March 1994)
- Ministerial Resignations and Dismissals Since 1901
- Papers on Parliament No. 28 – November 1996 – Poets, Presidents, People and Parliament Republicanism and other issues – Chapter 6 – The Minister and His Private Office
- ABC electoral profile for Warringah
- ANZFA Annual Report, 1999–2000 (PDF)
|Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs
|Minister for Health
|Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment
|Parliament of Australia|
Edward St. John
|Member for Warringah