Margaret May
Women in Federal Parliament

Margaret May

Member for McPherson (Qld)

LIB, 1998–2010

Margaret May was the Liberal Party member for the Queensland electorate of McPherson from 1998 to 2010. She served as Shadow Minister for Ageing from 2007.

May was born in Fiji and lived in Indonesia, where she was active in overseas aid organisations. She spoke in Parliament about the need for increased foreign aid and fulfilment of the international community’s Millennium Development Goals. She supported legislation for the largest overseas aid package delivered by Australia, to provide financial assistance to regions in Indonesia affected by the 2005 Asia–Pacific tsunami.

As chair of the Procedure Committee, May was involved in revising and redrafting the standing orders of the House of Representatives, the rules that govern business of the House.

In her valedictory speech, May related that the people of Tugun on the Queensland Gold Coast needed a road bypass, but that the state government’s plans to construct the road would resume houses. She picketed the state member’s office with the Tugun community and held multiple rallies. Eventually, after much community protest, the route of the bypass changed, saving the homes. May recounted this as one of the many examples of work that politicians do to respond to their communities’ needs.

Margaret May.

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