James McGrath (Australian politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

James McGrath
James McGrath 2017.jpg
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
In office
21 September 2015 – 22 August 2018
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded by
Assistant Minister to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
In office
18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) – 19 July 2016
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded byMichaelia Cash
Succeeded byAlex Hawke
Senator for Queensland
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded bySue Boyce
Personal details
Born (1974-05-14) 14 May 1974 (age 45)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party
Alma mater
OccupationPolitical adviser

James McGrath (born 14 May 1974) is an Australian politician. He was elected to the Australian Senate representing the state of Queensland for the Liberal National Party at the 2013 federal election. He has served as an Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister in the First Turnbull Ministry, from September 2015 to August 2018, and Assistant Minister to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from February to July 2016.[1]

McGrath was born in Toowoomba and graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws and from the Queensland University of Technology with a Master of Laws. He was admitted as a solicitor and worked as an articled clerk in a legal firm before working with the Queensland Parliamentary Ombudsman between 1999 and 2001. McGrath is a former political strategist and adviser to the former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson,[2] and the Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia. Between 2010 and 2012 McGrath was the campaign director for the Liberal National Party and the Country Liberal Party, during which the LNP recorded the largest ever electoral victory in the state of Queensland.[3]

Having supported Malcolm Turnbull in the 2015 Leadership Spill, McGrath rebelled against Turnbull in 2018, with a view that a Queensland leader such as Peter Dutton would advance the success of the LNP in his home state.[citation needed] Consequently, he resigned from his executive position on 22 August 2018.

When asked on ABC Radio what his party trick was he was quoted as saying "Taking other people's taxis when I didn't order one myself."


  1. ^ "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ Remeikis, Amy; Hurst, Daniel (24 November 2012). "LNP selects top three for Senate bid". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Senator the Hon James McGrath". Parliamentary biography. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 February 2016.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sue Boyce
Senator for Queensland
Political offices
Preceded by
Josh Frydenberg
as Parliamentary Secretary
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
Preceded by
Alan Tudge
as Parliamentary Secretary
New ministerial post Assistant Minister to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection