Michelle Landry

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Michelle Landry
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Capricornia
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Kirsten Livermore
Personal details
Born Michelle Leanne Martin
(1962-10-15) 15 October 1962 (age 54)
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party of Australia (Federal)
Liberal National Party (State)
Domestic partner Cam Schroder
Children 2
Occupation Business owner
Website michellelandry.com.au

Michelle Leanne Landry (born 15 October 1962) is an Australian politician. She is a Liberal National Party of Queensland member of the Australian House of Representatives since September 2013, representing the Division of Capricornia, Queensland.[1]

Landry was born in Rockhampton, Queensland. She ran a local bookkeeping business before entering politics in 2010, when she contested the seat of Capricornia for the first time. Her opponent, long-term Labor MP Kirsten Livermore defeated her in a 54-46 two party preferred vote, but this translated into an 8% swing to the LNP. Following the retirement of Livermore in 2013, Landry won the seat.

Bullying Allegations[edit]

In November 2014, Michelle Landry claimed she had been the victim of bullying and intimidation by representatives from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. 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 is she had any evidence, she should have taken it to the police. [2] [3] [4]

'Wishy Washy' comments[edit]

In April 2016, Michelle Landry drew national attention when she attempted to communicate her belief that the Federal Government's messages weren't 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". Landry's "wishy washy" comments prompted both Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and National Party leader, Barnaby Joyce to defend the government's performance. Turbull 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. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Campaign Car Accident[edit]

In June 2016, while campaigning during the 2016 Federal Election, Michelle Landry's daughter Jessica and son-in-law Tim were involved in a car accident when another car collided with their vehicle in the Rockhampton suburb of Wandal. They were transported to Rockhampton Hospital where they were treated for their injuries. [11]

Landry originally informed her social media followers that her son-in-law suffered a broken arm in the accident, and that her daughter was being x-rayed for suspected cracked ribs. [12] Landry later posted on social media that her son-in-law was treated for whiplash, a badly bruised arm and a broken hand, and that her daughter was treated for bad bruising. [13]


  1. ^ "Michelle Landry Candidate for Capricornia". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Capricornia MP claims CFMEU bullied her family at Blackwater, Kara Paradies, The Morning Bulletin, 6 November 2014
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Michelle Landry claims bullying by CFMEU, Ben Hagemann, Australian Mining, 6 November 2014
  5. ^ Turnbull responds to internal criticism by encouraging backbenchers to be 'more upbeat', Matthew Doran and Stephanie Anderson, ABC News, ABC online, 6 April 2016
  6. ^ Landry should be more 'upbeat': PM, Tom Iggulden, PM, ABC Radio, 6 April 2016
  7. ^ Turnbull's government is 'wishy washy' says Central Qld MP, Melanie Plane, The Morning Bulletin, 6 April 2016
  8. ^ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull being urged by MP's to stop dithering, Steven Scott, The Courier Mail, 6 April 2016
  9. ^ Video: Michelle Landry may lose seat after 'wishy washy' comment, Mark Riley, 7 News, Seven Network, 6 April 2016
  10. ^ PM faces 'internal criticism', SBS World News Radio, 6 April 2016
  11. ^ MP's daughter, son-in-law hurt in crash, The Morning Bulletin, 17 June 2016
  12. ^ Facebook post, Michelle Landry MP's Facebook page, 17 June 2016
  13. ^ Facebook post, Michelle Landry MP's Facebook page, 17 June 2016
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kirsten Livermore
Member for Capricornia