Michelle Landry

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Michelle Landry

Michelle Landry 2016.jpg
Landry in 2016
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Capricornia
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded byKirsten Livermore
Personal details
Born
Michelle Leanne Martin

(1962-10-15) 15 October 1962 (age 56)
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyNationals (LNP)
Children2
OccupationBusiness owner
Websitemichellelandry.com.au

Michelle Leanne Landry (née Martin; born 15 October 1962) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2013 federal election, representing the Division of Capricornia. She is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, and sits with the Nationals in federal parliament.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Landry was born in Rockhampton, Queensland. She was educated at Hall State School and Rockhampton Girls Grammar.[2]

From 1978 to 1985 Landry worked as a pathology and medical biochemistry laboratory assistant. From 1985 to 2007 she worked at the National Australia Bank. She ran a local bookkeeping business from 1999 to 2009.[3][2]

Political career[edit]

Landry contested the seat of Capricornia for the first time in the 2010 federal election. Her opponent, long-term Labor MP Kirsten Livermore defeated her in a 54-46 two party preferred vote; an 8% swing to the LNP. Following the retirement of Livermore in 2013, Landry won the seat in the 2013 federal election. She was reelected in the 2016 federal election.

Bullying allegations[edit]

In November 2014, Landry claimed she had been the victim of bullying and intimidation by representatives from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). Landry also said that her daughter and son-in-law were subject to harassment while living in Blackwater, a coal mining community west of Rockhampton, during the 2013 Federal Election campaign. Landry alleged that CFMEU representatives had approached her daughter at the Blackwater bank where her daughter was employed. Landry said that her daughter and son-in-law decided to quit their jobs and leave Blackwater as a consequence.

Landry said she had not made an official complaint about the alleged harassment with police or the union, fearing that any such complaint would exacerbate the problem. The allegations prompted the CFMEU's district president, Stephen Smyth to demand Landry apologise to union members and Blackwater residents, and described the allegations as baseless. Smyth said the union was offended by Landry's comments as it fights against bullying on a daily basis. He said that if she had any evidence, she should have taken it to the police.[4][5][6]

'Wishy Washy' comments[edit]

In April 2016, Landry drew national attention when she attempted to communicate her belief that the Federal Government's messages were not being communicated effectively enough, and said that the public was perceiving the government's communication as being "a little wishy washy". Many misunderstood her comments, and assumed she meant the government's performance was "wishy washy". Her comments prompted both Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and National Party leader, Barnaby Joyce to defend the government's performance. Turnbull said he wanted to advise Landry to be more upbeat about what the government had achieved, while Joyce said that the government was not "wishy washy" on things like border protection and defence spending.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michelle Landry Candidate for Capricornia". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Capricornia - Australia Votes | Federal Election 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. ^ 7111;, corporateName=Commonwealth Parliament; address=Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600; contact=+61 2 6277. "Ms Michelle Landry MP". www.aph.gov.au. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ Capricornia MP claims CFMEU bullied her family at Blackwater, Kara Paradies, The Morning Bulletin, 6 November 2014
  5. ^ Capricornia MP Michelle Landry says daughter and son-in-law forced to leave town after harassment by CFMEU, John McCarthy, The Courier Mail, 3 November 2014
  6. ^ Michelle Landry claims bullying by CFMEU, Ben Hagemann, Australian Mining, 6 November 2014
  7. ^ Turnbull responds to internal criticism by encouraging backbenchers to be 'more upbeat', Matthew Doran and Stephanie Anderson, ABC News, ABC online, 6 April 2016
  8. ^ Landry should be more 'upbeat': PM, Tom Iggulden, PM, ABC Radio, 6 April 2016
  9. ^ Turnbull's government is 'wishy washy' says Central Qld MP, Melanie Plane, The Morning Bulletin, 6 April 2016
  10. ^ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull being urged by MP's to stop dithering, Steven Scott, The Courier Mail, 6 April 2016
  11. ^ Video: Michelle Landry may lose seat after 'wishy washy' comment, Mark Riley, 7 News, Seven Network, 6 April 2016
  12. ^ PM faces 'internal criticism', SBS World News Radio, 6 April 2016

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kirsten Livermore
Member for Capricornia
2013–present
Incumbent