James McGrath

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

 

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Sep 2015-Aug 2018) [1]

Assistant Minister for Immigration (Feb 2016-Jul 2016) [1]

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Senator for Queensland (Jul 2014-present) [1] [2] [3]

Campaign Director, Liberal Party of Australia (2010-2012) [1]

Campaign Director, Country Liberal Party (2012) [1]

Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party of Australia (2009-2010) [1]

MINING CONNECTIONS

 

Self-Employed Contractor (2012-2014), incl. for Santos Gladstone LNG (Santos GLNG) project and KPMG [2] [3]

Various roles in Conservative Party, UK (2002-2008) [4] [5] [6]

[1] In July 2014, James McGrath become a federal Liberal Senator representing QLD. McGrath’s parliamentary profile does not disclose Santos Gladstone LNG (Santos GLNG) project and KPMG work, rather it states “self-employed contractor 2012-14”. Source: https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=217241 (Viewed 3/2/19) In his maiden speech, McGrath mentions Crosby Textor, claimed to wear the shoes of former Liberal senator Santo Santoro, and thanked National Party Senator Matthew Canavan for his friendship. McGrath and Canavan had Toowoomba backgrounds. Source: CSG lobbyists: Untangling the web of the influence peddlars (Simone Marsh for MichaelWest.com.au, 13 October 2017)  https://www.michaelwest.com.au/csg-lobbyists-untangling-web-influence-peddlars/ (Viewed 3/2/2019)

[2] McGrath’s Statement of Registrable Interests (1 August 2014) identifies contracting work at Santos GLNG and KPMG (2012-14) prior to entering the Senate. However, no detail of McGraths roles/positions or exact dates are revealed. McGrath assisted in the LNP’s 2010 federal election campaign in Queensland, and the 2012 campaign that lead to election of the Newman LNP State Government in Queensland. Source 1: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/from-bli-bli-to-blighty-and-back-the-remarkable-rise-of-james-mcgrath-20111012-1lkuf.html (Viewed 3/2/2019) Source 2: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/james-mcgraths-defeat-brings-mal-brough-return-closer/news-story/83d2cc629af65d0f6a17e25ed748472d (Viewed 3/2/2019)

[3] As a Senator in 2014, McGrath sat as part of a Senate Select Committee Inquiry and heard evidence in relation to coal seam gas projects in Queensland. Senator McGrath, however, had a conflict of interest due to his employment with the Santos GLNG project during the relevant period. McGrath failed to inform witnesses (or note on the transcript) that he had a conflict of interest due to employment with Santos GLNG. It is unknown whether McGrath informed other Senators, or the Senate Select Committee Secretariat, regarding this conflict. “At a federal Senate Inquiry chaired by former Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus in late 2014, Senators Matthew Canavan and James McGrath heard evidence of assessment failures and multi-billion dollar losses to the manufacturing sector” [associated with CSG-LNG]. “McGrath’s presence at the hearing isn’t noted in the online transcript, however is found on the PDF version. Senator Barry O’Sullivan attempted to disrupt previous proceedings. LNP Senators O’Sullivan, Canavan and McGrath have Toowoomba connections, yet failed to attend the hearing in Toowoomba to hear of losses to regional agriculture, suffered by farmers like Joe Hill or the late George Bender and his wife Pam.” Source 1: The Great Gas Con: How Australia got sucked dry (Simone Marsh for MichaelWest.com.au, 22 May 2017) https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-great-gas-con-how-we-got-sucked-dry/ (Viewed 6/1/19) Source 2: The Second British Invasion: how royal cronies and the gas debacle took Australia for billions (Simone Marsh for MichaelWest.com.au, 5 Nov 2018) https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-second-british-invasion-how-royal-cronies-and-the-gas-debacle-took-australia-for-billions/ (Viewed 6/1/19)

[4] McGrath performed various roles for the UK Conservative Party 2002-08. McGrath worked as a political operative for conservative campaign managers Crosby Textor (founded by Lynton Crosby and Mark Textor). Crosby Textor have lobbied on behalf of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) in Queensland, and have worked for the Queensland Resources Council. APPEA is dominated by foreign gas interests. Crosby Textor have also managed campaigns for the UK Conservatives and the Liberal Party. Lynton Crosby was a key political strategist in UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s inner circle. Mark Textor has Tweeted quotes of climate science denier James Delingpole. Textor was a key figure inside the office of Tony Abbott when he was the Parliamentary leader of the federal Liberal Party. Source 1: Lynton Crosby’s lobby firm linked to Australian fossil fuels (The Guardian, Environment Blogs by Graham Readfearn, 20 July 2013) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2013/jul/19/lynton-crosby-david-cameron-tobacco-australia-lobbyist-mark-textor (Viewed 3/2/2019) Source 2: https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/james-mcgrath-and-the-libertarianism-of-the-australian-tea-party-,6679 (Viewed 13/1/19)

[5] Advisor to Conservative London Mayor, Boris Johnson. Source: https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/james-mcgrath-and-the-libertarianism-of-the-australian-tea-party-,6679 (Viewed 13/1/19).

[6] Liberal Party polling firm Crosby Textor has links to British spy company Hakluyt & Co. Hakluyt founder and former MI6 officer Christopher James was appointed a senior adviser to Crosby Textor in 2006. In May 2008, former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer joined the advisory board of Hakluyt – “a secretive British firm that sells intelligence on government policy intentions – including those in Australia – to big business. The firm, Hakluyt & Co, was founded by former officers of British spy agency M16. Hakluyt has been embroiled in several corporate spying scandals and was caught in 2001 paying a former German intelligence agent to infiltrate green groups in Europe on behalf of the oil companies Shell and BP. Hakluyt employs many former British intelligence officers and provides companies with high-level business and political intelligence on investment opportunities.” Source: SMH, 15 October 2008, Journalists Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie https://www.smh.com.au/national/downer-joins-eddington-at-spy-company-20081014-506f.html(Viewed 21/1/19)