John McVeigh
Member for Groom John McVeigh

September 18, 2020

Member for Groom John McVeigh announced on Friday morning he is resigning from Federal Parliament, effective immediately.

The former State Agriculture Minister swapped to Federal politics and was elected to the Toowoomba-based seat in 2016.

During his time in Canberra, Dr McVeigh served on a number of Parliamentary Committees.

He was Chair of the Public Works Committee as well as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit; and the Standing Committees on Industry, Innovation Science and Resources; and Agriculture and Water Resources.

He also chaired the Coalition’s Policy Committee for Industry, Innovation, Science and Northern Australia and the Federal Government’s Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation.

Before entering State politics, Dr McVeigh served as a councillor on Toowoomba Regional Council from 2008-12.

In his resignation letter, delivered to Speaker Tony Smith, Dr McVeigh said he was resigning to spend more time with his wife Anita, who has been ill.

The Speaker is now considering possible dates for the Groom by-election.

Groom is considered to be a safe LNP seat.


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