WHERE IT BEGAN

George is the eldest son of a third-generation cane farming family and he has lived in Mackay all his life. As both his parents were disability pensioners, he developed a strong sense of social justice, and he joined the Young Nationals at the age of 15. He went on to hold the position of state president of that organisation in 2003-4, and was Mackay zone vice-president of the Nationals in 2007-8.

George also worked as an electorate officer and press secretary for former Nationals Member for Dawson De-Anne Kelly for three years.

With a degree in journalism and practical experience at a community newspaper in Mackay under his belt, George went on to found his own successful publishing business which produced two other community newspapers for the Walkerston and Northern Beaches communities.

He spent six years as a councillor, firstly on the Mackay City Council, and then the Mackay Regional Council following amalgamation, where he developed a reputation as a man who would fight for a fairer outcome for ratepayers.

 

IN PARLIAMENT

George was elected to represent the people of the Dawson electorate in 2010, and was re-elected in 2013 with an increased majority. In 2013 he was also elected National Party Whip. This is essentially a team management role and involves setting the agenda, liaising with other party whips and ensuring party members attend votes. George is also the chair of the Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia.

Committee commitments:

  • Member of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia which has been tasked with the important role of helping to define the future of Australia’s North—a region vital to the economic future of the nation.
  • Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, which is currently conducting the Child Support Inquiry. It will consider whether any problems experienced by payers or payees of child support impact on the majority of parents and other carers involved in the system, or a minority, and make recommendations accordingly.
  • George is also on the House of Representatives Selection Committee which determines the program of business for committee, delegation and private members’ business.

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