Tom McVeigh

Daniel Thomas "Tom" McVeigh (born 7 May 1930) is a former Australian politician.

Tom McVeigh
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Darling Downs
In office
2 December 1972  1 December 1984
Preceded byReginald Swartz
Succeeded byDivision abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Groom
In office
1 December 1984  29 February 1988
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byBill Taylor
Personal details
Born (1930-05-07) 7 May 1930
Allora, Queensland
Political partyNational Party of Australia
ChildrenJohn McVeigh (son)

McVeigh was born in Allora, Queensland and was a farmer before entering the Australian Parliament. He was a member of the Queensland State Wheat Board from 1965 to 1974, the Queensland delegate to the Australian Wheatgrowers' Federation from 1964 to 1966 and a state councillor of the Queensland Graingrowers' Association from 1963 to 1966.[1]

McVeigh won the seat of Darling Downs for the National Country Party at the 1972 election. He was appointed Minister for Housing and Construction in the Fraser government in November 1980. In May 1982, he was moved to the portfolio of Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment and held that position to the defeat of the government at the 1983 election. In 1984, with the abolition of the seat of Darling Downs, McVeigh followed most of his constituents into the new Division of Groom, which he held until his resignation in February 1988.[1]

His son, John, served in the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Toowoomba South from 2012 to 2016 before winning the federal seat of Groom in 2016.[2]


  1. "Biography for McVeigh, the Hon. Daniel Thomas". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
  2. "Political son takes reins in seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Groom
Minister for Housing and Construction
Succeeded by
Ralph Hunt (construction)
Preceded by
Ian Wilson
Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment
Succeeded by
Barry Cohen
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Reginald Swartz
Member for Darling Downs
Division abolished
New division Member for Groom
Succeeded by
Bill Taylor

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