Melissa McMahon

Melissa Fay McMahon (born 15 May 1976) is an Australian politician. She has been the Labor member for Macalister in the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2017.[1] She is a member of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) and the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee (LACSC) of the Queensland Parliament.

Melissa McMahon

Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Macalister
Assumed office
25 November 2017
Preceded byNew seat
Majority6.4% (2017)
Personal details
Born (1976-05-15) 15 May 1976
Brisbane, Queensland
Political partyLabor
Alma materGriffith University
Charles Sturt University
OccupationPolice officer
Army officer
Civilian awardsNational Police Service Medal
National Medal
Queensland Police Service Medal with 20 year clasp
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Branch/serviceAustralian Army
Years of service1994–2017
Rank Major
Battles/warsOperation Astute
Military awards Australian Service Medal with Timor-Leste clasp
Defence Long Service Medal with clasp
Australian Defence Medal
Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal

Personal life

Prior to her election to the Queensland Parliament, McMahon was a major in the Australian Army working in CIMIC, military police, information operations and career management. She served overseas in Timor-Leste in 2008 and 2011. She was also a senior sergeant in the Queensland Police Service, having worked on the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane.

McMahon has bachelor degrees in behavioural science, policing and secondary education with a diploma of public safety and qualifications in training and education.

In the 2015 Queensland state election she ran in the seat of Albert, gaining a two-party-preferred swing of 10%, but lost to incumbent Mark Boothman.

McMahon is President of the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre. She is married with three children.


Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Macalister

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