Ian Macdonald (Australian politician)
|Senator The Honourable
|Father of the Australian Parliament|
10 May 2016
|Preceded by||Philip Ruddock|
|Father of the Senate|
6 February 2015
|Preceded by||John Faulkner|
|Senator for Queensland|
1 July 1990
|Minister for Forestry and Conservation / Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation|
26 November 2001 – 27 January 2006
|Preceded by||Wilson Tuckey|
|Succeeded by||Eric Abetz|
|Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government|
21 October 1998 – 26 November 2001
|Preceded by||Alex Somlyay|
|Succeeded by||Wilson Tuckey|
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 is currently both the Father of the Senate and the Father of the Parliament.
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. He was Vice-President of the Liberal Party in Queensland from 1987 to 1990.
Early political career
In 1992, Macdonald was appointed to the Opposition Shadow Ministry under Liberal leader John Hewson as Shadow Minister for Local Government and the Australian Capital Territory. In 1994, following Alexander Downer's accession to the party leadership, Macdonald was given the positions of Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and continued to serve at these positions under Opposition leader John Howard.
Following the election of the Howard Government, Senator Macdonald was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment in 1996. In 1998, MacDonald was appointed to the Cabinet of the Second Howard Ministry as Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government
In 2001, Macdonald was appointed Minister for Forestry and Conservation in the Third Howard Ministry but switched to the portfolio of Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation in November 2002. He continued in this position in the Fourth Howard Ministry until January 2006 when he lost his position in a Cabinet reshuffle triggered by the retirement of Robert Hill.
Return to Opposition
Following the defeat of the Howard Government in 2007, Macdonald was appointed to the Opposition Shadow Ministry of Brendan Nelson as Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Northern Australia. On 22 September 2008, following the election of Malcolm Turnbull as Opposition Leader, Macdonald lost his position as Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition but retained the position of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia.
In 2009, Macdonald lost his position in the Shadow Cabinet following Tony Abbott's accession to the Liberal leadership, but was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia. In 2010, he also took on the position of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support.
On 3 November 2011 during debate on carbon tax legislation, 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.
In September 2015 during Senate Question Time, Senator Ian Macdonald made an interjection toward NSW Labor Senator Doug Cameron based on Cameron's strong and distinctive Scottish accent. Macdonald interjected 'learn to speak Australian'. SA Labor Senator Penny Wong interrupted proceedings later to have Macdonald withdraw his comment. Macdonald revised his comment to say "learn to speak Australian, mate". It is important to note that Australian citizens with no other foreign citizenship can hold elected positions in public office.
On 9 February 2017, Senator Ian Macdonald stated that he was likely to oppose the Federal Government move to abolish the lifetime gold pass, entitling politicians who had been elected prior to 2012 to 10 free business class flights per year. ABC News reported that Macdonald stated in the Liberal Party Room that "it's about time someone stood up for politicians entitlements".
On 30 May 2017, the senator was on ABC Local Radio Darwin discussing the benefits of shifting public servants from Canberra to more regional areas such as Darwin and regional Queensland. He further went on to say that public servants should be sacked if they refuse to "get out of the their very privileged lives" in Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne, after no public servants refused to volunteer to move.
On 16 September 2013, following the election of the Abbott Government, it was announced that despite Tony Abbott's stated aim of ministry continuity Macdonald had been dropped from the frontbench. Senator Macdonald described this day as the "one of the worst" days in his life.
In June 2014, Macdonald joined Senator Cory Bernardi in expressing opposition to the Government's proposed deficit levy, claiming that he did not believe the increase "goes far enough." He also threatened to cross the floor over the proposed fuel excise hike.
He became the Father of the Senate on 6 February 2015, upon the resignation of John Faulkner and with the retirement of Philip Ruddock at the 2016 federal election, he became the Father of the Parliament.
- "Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Ministers depart ahead of reshuffle". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. AAP. 22 January 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
- Appointment of Shadow Ministry
- "Hansard" (PDF). Parliament of Australia. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "Greens and GetUp! demand apology over Hitler youth slur". Herald Sun. News Limited. AAP. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
- "GetUp outraged by Hitler Youth comments". 774 ABC Melbourne. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
- "Senator aims 'Nazi' slur at minister during question time". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. AAP. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "Liberal Senator tells Labor colleague to 'learn to speak Australian'". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
- "COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 44 Disqualification". www.austlii.edu.au. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
- "Ian Macdonald speaks up to defend politician's Life Gold Pass entitlements". ABC News. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- Towell, Noel (2017-06-01). "Darwin or dole: Senator says Canberra public servants should be forced north". Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
- Move to Darwin or get the sack: Senator, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2017-05-30, retrieved 2017-06-01
- Calligeros, Marissa (16 September 2013). "'Worst day of my life': Queensland Senator misses frontbench seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Griffiths, Emma. "Coalition senators Ian Macdonald and Cory Bernardi won't support debt tax". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- Bourke, Latika (17 June 2014). "LNP senator Ian Macdonald threatens to cross the floor on fuel excise hike". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Father of the Senate
|Father of the Parliament
as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
|Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government
|Minister for Forestry and Conservation / Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
2001–2002 / 2002–2006