Michael Francis McCormack

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  • Born 2 August 1964 in Wagga Wagga, NSW

  • Raised on family properties at Brucedale and Marrar

  • Educated at Saint Joseph’s, Henschke Primary, St Michael’s Regional High and Trinity Senior High School

  • Worked as a Rugby League ground announcer at Eric Weissel Oval while still at school

  • Began work as a reporter at The Daily Advertiser 1981; promoted to sub-editor 1988; acting editor 1991; editor (at 27 years of age was youngest in Australasia at the time) 1992; group editor Riverina Media Group 1996

  • Started own company MSS Media Services & Solutions 2002

  • Chairman, Kay Hull’s Federal Election Campaign Committees 2004 and 2007

  • Vice-Chairman, The Nationals’ Riverina Electorate Council 2010-11

  • Married Catherine Shaw in 1986; children Georgina, Alexander and Nicholas

  • Spearheaded movement to save the RAAF base at Forest Hill in 1997 which resulted in the retention and expansion of the base

  • Co-author of 7 local history publications as well as a business/tourism book New South Wales: Linking Australia to the World, 2003.

  • President, St Michael’s Cricket Club, Wagga Wagga 1988-92

  • Secretary, Harlequins Hockey Club, Wagga Wagga 1991; awarded life membership 1996

  • Coach and Manager, Henwood Park Soccer Club junior teams 2003-08

  • Director, Murrumbidgee Turf Club 1994-2003

  • President, Wagga Wagga Basketball Association 2009

  • Honorary member of the Officer’s Mess at ARTC Kapooka

  • House of Representatives Standing Committees: House; Regional Australia 2010-11

  • Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance 2013-15

  • Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister September 2015-February 2016

  • Assistant Minister for Defence February 2016-

Cristy Houghton