About Susan McDonald

About Susan McDonald

About Susan

I grew up on my family’s cattle property, 70km south of Cloncurry. I was educated by Correspondence School and Mt Isa School of the Air before boarding school in Brisbane. My first job was cooking for a stock camp and working at Expo ’88 in Brisbane before going to the University of Queensland to study accounting with the idea I would go back to the family station to handle the bookkeeping. But circumstances changed and I ended up in Brisbane where I worked in different businesses as an Accountant before going in as Chief of Staff for Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps. My family had bought a chain of butcher shops in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and I ran them for 6 years before being elected to the Australian Senate for Queensland. I have three teenaged kids and I’m now based in Townsville.

Parliamentary Service:

I was elected to the Senate in May, 2019 after securing the No.2 spot on Queensland’s Liberal National Party ticket. I am currently the chairman of the Federal Government’s Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport committee.

About Townsville:

Townsville is about 1100km north of Brisbane, with a population of 180,000, making it the largest Australian city north of the Sunshine Coast. It is a garrison city with a strong Army and Air Force presence.

With its large port, Townsville is also the main gateway for the resources and agricultural regions of North Queensland.

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