Tom McVeigh

Daniel Thomas "Tom" McVeigh (born 7 May 1930) is a former Australian politician. He served in the House of Representatives from 1972 to 1988, representing the National Party (previously the National Country Party). He held ministerial office in the Fraser Government, serving as Minister for Housing and Construction (1980–1982) and Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment (1982–1983).


Tom McVeigh
Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment
In office
7 May 1982 – 11 March 1983
Prime MinisterMalcolm Fraser
Preceded byIan Wilson
Succeeded byBarry Cohen
Minister for Housing and Construction
In office
3 November 1980 – 7 May 1982
Prime MinisterMalcolm Fraser
Preceded byRay Groom
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Groom
In office
1 December 1984 – 29 February 1988
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byBill Taylor
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Darling Downs
In office
2 December 1972 – 1 December 1984
Preceded byReginald Swartz
Succeeded byDivision abolished
Personal details
Born (1930-05-07) 7 May 1930 (age 90)
Allora, Queensland, Australia
Political partyNational
ChildrenJohn McVeigh (son)
OccupationFarmer

Early lifeEdit

McVeigh was born in Allora, Queensland and was a farmer before entering the Australian Parliament. He was a member of the Queensland State Wheat Board from 1965 to 1974, the Queensland delegate to the Australian Wheatgrowers' Federation from 1964 to 1966 and a state councillor of the Queensland Graingrowers' Association from 1963 to 1966.[1]

PoliticsEdit

McVeigh won the seat of Darling Downs for the National Country Party at the 1972 election. He was appointed Minister for Housing and Construction in the Fraser government in November 1980. In May 1982, he was moved to the portfolio of Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment and held that position to the defeat of the government at the 1983 election. In 1984, with the abolition of the seat of Darling Downs, McVeigh followed most of his constituents into the new Division of Groom, which he held until his resignation in February 1988.[1]

FamilyEdit

His son, John, served in the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Toowoomba South from 2012 to 2016 before winning the federal seat of Groom in 2016.[2]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Biography for McVeigh, the Hon. Daniel Thomas". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Political son takes reins in seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Groom
Minister for Housing and Construction
1980–1982
Succeeded by
Ralph Hunt (construction)
Preceded by
Ian Wilson
Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Barry Cohen
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Reginald Swartz
Member for Darling Downs
1972–1984
Division abolished
New division Member for Groom
1984–1988
Succeeded by
Bill Taylor