Andrew McNamara

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Andrew McNamara
Andrew McNamara and Anna Bligh.JPG
Andrew McNamara (centre), Hervey Bay Deputy Mayor Mick Kruger (left) and Queensland Deputy Premier Anna Bligh (right) at the Urangan Boat Harbour in May 2007
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Hervey Bay
In office
17 February 2001 – 20 March 2009
Preceded byDavid Dalgleish
Succeeded byTed Sorensen
Personal details
Andrew Ian McNamara

(1959-08-19) 19 August 1959 (age 59)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLabor
Alma materUniversity of Queensland

Andrew Ian McNamara (born 19 August 1959) is an Australian politician. He was a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 2001 to 2009, representing the district of Hervey Bay. He served as Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation from 2007 to 2009, under the premiership of Anna Bligh. Currently, Mr McNamara was the CEO of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia.[1]

Peak oil[edit]

In February 2005, McNamara came to national prominence as the first mainstream Australian politician to speak out on the issue of Peak Oil.[2][3]

McNamara was the Chair of the Queensland Government's Oil Vulnerability Taskforce.[4] The Taskforce report, "Queensland's Vulnerability to Rising Oil Prices," also known as the McNamara Report was commissioned in 2005 and is the first of its kind to be commissioned by any government in the world.[5] McNamara is also the Foundation Patron of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO).

Climate change[edit]

Andrew McNamara was a member of Australia's delegation to the Bali Climate Change Conference in December 2007. McNamara has also established a Climate Change Council with a number of prominent environmentalists and business leaders including Tim Flannery and Ian Lowe.[6]


Andrew McNamara has been a strong opponent of whaling, particularly Japanese whaling in Australian waters.[7]

Hervey Bay[edit]

Andrew McNamara represented the seat of Hervey Bay. Hervey Bay is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia. The area's principal industry is tourism, in particular whale watching.

Seeking a fourth term, McNamara was defeated in the 2009 election by former Hervey Bay Mayor Ted Sorensen.

Significant speeches[edit]


  1. ^ "Chiropractic fraternity splits over allegations of mismanagement". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Running On Empty". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 April 2005.
  3. ^ "Australian Politician Goes on record about Peak Oil and Gas". Global Public Media. 22 February 2005. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005.
  4. ^ "New task force to tackle oil woes". ABC. 20 May 2005. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  5. ^ "New Queensland Sustainability Minister on the future with less oil". Global Public Media. 19 September 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Media Statements". Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory. Queensland Government. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  7. ^ "McNamara to send anti-whaling message to Japan". ABC News. ABC. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
David Dalgleish
Member for Hervey Bay
Succeeded by
Ted Sorensen