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.
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.