The Hon Michael McCormack MP biography

Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Riverina, New South Wales, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Ministerial appointments

  • Deputy Prime Minister from 26.2.18
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15.
  • Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister from 21.9.15 to 18.2.16.
  • Assistant Minister for Defence from 18.2.16 to 19.7.16.
  • Minister for Small Business from 19.7.16 to 20.12.17.
  • Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 20.12.17.
  • Minister for Defence Personnel from 20.12.17.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 20.12.17.
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Transport from 26.2.18 to 28.8.18
  • Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development from 28.8.18

Committee service

  • House of Representatives Standing: House from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Regional Australia from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13.

Parliamentary party positions

  • Deputy Leader of the House from 20.12.17.
  • Federal Parliamentary Leader, The Nationals from 26.2.18.

Party positions

  • Director, Nationals federal election campaigns for Riverina, 2004 and 2007.
  • Vice-Chairman, Nationals Riverina Electorate Council 2010.
  • Member, Nationals State Central Council (NSW) 2010.


  • Born 2.8.1964, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
  • Married.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Journalist and reporter, The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga 1981-88; Sub-editor 1988-91; Acting Editor 1991-92; Editor 1992-2002.
  • Group Editor, Riverina Media Group 1996-2002.
  • Publisher, MSS Media Services and Solutions 2002-10.


Description: rural.

Location: southern New South Wales; towns include Ardlethan, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Cowra, Forbes, Grenfell, Gundagai, Harden, Junee, Parkes, Peak Hill, Tarcutta, Temora, Tullamore, Ungarie, Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong and Young.

Area: 48 988 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 111 026 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: wheat, barley, canola, rice and cereal crops; farming (fat lambs, wool, poultry, dairying, cattle, ostrich, emu, deer, and goats); food processing, fruit, grapes and wine making; flour-milling, concrete pipes, steel construction, saw milling, joinery, plaster works and tourism.


  • Wild colonial boys: bushrangers in the Riverina, 1996.
  • Might and bite: history of the Turvey Park Australian Football Club 1952-2002.
  • New South Wales: linking Australia to the world, 2003.
  • 40 not out: history of the Marian/St Michael's Cricket Club 1963-2004.
  • The mighty Dons: history of the Marian Dons/South Wagga-Tolland Football Club, 2004.
  • From rags to riches: centenary of the Wagga Wagga Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, 2004.
  • Mud, sweat and cheers: 50 years of the Wagga Kangaroos Rugby League Football Club, 2004.
  • And the big boys fly: history of the Carroll Cup 1969-2008.