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Michael McCormack (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Michael McCormack
Michael McCormack Portrait 2010.jpg
Minister for Small Business
Assumed office
19 July 2016 (2016-07-19)
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Kelly O'Dwyer
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Riverina
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Kay Hull
Assistant Minister for Defence
In office
18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) – 19 July 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Darren Chester
Personal details
Born (1964-08-02) 2 August 1964 (age 52)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Catherine Shaw
Children 3
Residence Wagga Wagga
Occupation Politician
Profession Former editor, journalist and director.

Michael Francis McCormack (born 2 August 1964), an Australian federal politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the seat of Riverina, New South Wales for the National Party of Australia, elected at the 2010 federal election.

McCormack has served as the Minister for Small Business since 19 July 2016 following the announcement of the Second Turnbull Ministry. McCormack had previously served as the Assistant Minister for Defence and as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance.[1][2] [3]

Early years and background

Prior to entering Parliament, McCormack was the editor of The Daily Advertiser in Wagga Wagga until 2002.[4][5] McCormack went on to sue the Riverina Media Group for unfair dismissal in 2003 and settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.[6]

McCormack ran in a three-cornered contest against candidates from both Labor and Liberals,[7] winning over 67% of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.[8]

McCormack was the director from 1994 to 2003 and official historian from 1994 to 2010 for the Murrumbidgee Turf Club.[9]


  1. ^ Massola, James (13 February 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Malcolm Turnbull announces new frontbench as Mal Brough resigns". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Michael's Employment History". Michael McCormack. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Michael McCormack chosen as candidate for Riverina". Nationals blog. National Party of Australia. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Former editor accepts out-of-court settlement" (PDF). Australian Newspaper History Group Newsletter. University of Queensland (24): 9. October 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Glover, Ben; Higgins, Ben (23 August 2010). "Michael's the man". The Daily Advertiser. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "First Preferences and Two Candidate Preferred – Riverina". 2010 federal election. Australian Electoral Commission. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Michael McCormack MP Member for the Riverina". The Nationals NSW. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kay Hull
Member for Riverina
Political offices
Preceded by
Darren Chester
Assistant Minister for Defence