Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie

Minister for Rural Health, Minister for Sport and
Minister for Regional Communications

Page last updated: 20 December 2017

Parliamentary service
Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2010 (term began 1.7.2011) and 2016.

Parliamentary positions
Temporary Chair of Committees from 10.5.12 to 11.11.13.

Ministerial appointments
Minister for Rural Health from 19.12.17.
Minister for Sport from 19.12.17.
Minister for Regional Communications from 19.12.17.

Committee service
Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 12.11.13 to 9.5.16; Appropriations and Staffing from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14; Privileges from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16; Publications from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14; Senators' Interests from 1.9.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation and References from 22.6.17; Subsitute member Environment and Communcations on 25.11.17.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 1.7.11 to 1.11.12 and from 22.11.12 to 11.11.13 and References Committees from 1.7.11 to 22.11.12; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.11 to 20.9.12; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation Committee (renamed Education and Employment Legislation Committee on 13.11.13) from 23.8.11 to 20.9.12 and from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 12.12.13 to 9.5.16) and References Committee from 23.8.11 to 9.5.16; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Education and Employment Legislation from 1.9.16 to 17.8.17 (Chair from 1.9.16 to 17.8.16); Education and Employment References from 1.9.16 to 17.8.17; Finance and Public Administration References from 1.9.16.

Senate Select: School Funding from 12.12.13 to 3.3.14 and from 18.3.14 to 9.7.14; School Funding Investment from 4.2.16 to 9.5.16.

Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 1.7.11 to 5.8.13; Treaties from 12.9.12 to 5.8.13; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 2.12.13 to 3.3.14; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16.

Joint Select: DisabilityCare Australia from 19.6.13 to 5.8.13; Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 2.12.13 to 25.6.15.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 12.9.16; Intelligence and Security from 13.9.16.

Parliamentary party positions
The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 13.9.13 to 30.6.14.
Federal Parliamentary Deputy Leader, The Nationals from 7.12.17.

Party positions
Junior Vice-President, The Nationals (Vic.) 2006-09.

Born 27.12.1969, Alexandra, Vic.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
BAppSc (Human Movement), BTeach (Secondary)(Deakin).
Secondary mathematics and physical education teacher 2005-09.
Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Gippsland Campus, Monash University 2009-10.

New services for young children in Gympie


Local families will benefit from a new $120,000 service providing multidisciplinary early intervention to young children in Gympie who are at risk of falling behind in their development.

Continuing rollout of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia


The Australian Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with more Local Drug Action Teams set to rollout across Australia.

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