Brett Mason

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The Honourable
Brett Mason
Brett Mason.jpg
Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 1999 – 15 April 2015
Succeeded by Joanna Lindgren
Personal details
Born (1962-03-15) 15 March 1962 (age 53)
Canberra, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal National Party of Queensland
Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater Australian National University, University of Cambridge, Griffith University
Profession Barrister

Brett John Mason (born 5 March 1962) is a former Australian politician and a Liberal/Liberal National of Queensland member of the Australian Senate from 1 July 1999 to 15 April 2015, representing the state of Queensland.[1]


Mason completed BA and LLB(Hons) degrees at the Australian National University, an MPhil degree in International Relations at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, and a PhD degree at Griffith University.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Following Mason's entry into the Senate in 1999, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing in the Howard Government from 21 March 2007 to 3 December 2007, and appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Abbott Government from 18 September 2013 to 23 December 2014.[1][2]

Along with Senators Mitch Fifield and Mathias Cormann, Mason was one of the first to resign from the Coalition front bench in 2009 over the Shadow Cabinet's decision to support Kevin Rudd's ETS.[3]

On 24 March 2015, Mason announced he intended to resign from the Senate prior to the parliament's budget sittings in May.[4] He resigned on 15 April 2015.[5] The casual vacancy resulting from his resignation was filled by the appointment of Joanna Lindgren on 21 May 2015.[6]

Diplomatic career[edit]

On 21 April 2015, six days after his resignation from the Senate, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced that Mason would be appointed as Australia's ambassador to the Netherlands, replacing Neil Mules in mid-2015.[7][8]


  • Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal, 2003.[1]


  • Privacy without principle: the use and abuse of privacy in Australian law and public policy, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2006.[1]
  • Future proofing Australia: the right answers for our future (ed. with D Wood), Melbourne University Press, 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Senator the Hon Brett Mason". Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Latita Bourke. 'Dumped Brett Mason planned to challenge George Brandis in Senate stoush', Sydney Morning Herald, 24 December 2014., accessed 1 April 2015.
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  4. ^ Borrello, Eliza (24 March 2015). "Queensland Liberal National Party senator Brett Mason to quit politics". ABC News. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Letter from President of the Senate to Governor or Queensland, 15 April 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015
  6. ^ "Qld parly endorses Lindgren as Senator". Yahoo! News. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Massola, James (22 April 2015). "Former Liberal senator Brett Mason named as Australia's ambassador to the Netherlands". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Bishop, Julie (21 April 2015). "Ambassador to the Netherlands" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. 

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