James McGrath


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

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


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

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]


Self-Employed Contractor (2012-2014), incl. for Santos Ltd (Santos Gladstone LNG project) [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.

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: https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-great-gas-con-how-we-got-sucked-dry/ (Viewed 6/1/19) Source 2: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=217241 (Viewed 5/1/19) 

[2] McGrath performed a self-employed contracting role at Santos GLNG prior to Senate appointment.  Source 1: https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=217241 (Viewed 5/1/19)

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)

Source 3: 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)

[3] McGrath’s Statement of Registrable Interests does not detail position or exact dates re Santos GLNG work 2012-14. 

[4] McGrath also performed various roles for the UK Conservative Party 2002-08. 

[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] Political operative for conservative campaign managers (Lynton) Crosby and (Mark) Textor. Source: https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/james-mcgrath-and-the-libertarianism-of-the-australian-tea-party-,6679 (Viewed 13/1/19) Crosby Textor has links to British spy company. Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/downer-joins-eddington-at-spy-company-20081014-506f.html (Viewed 13/1/19)