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Michael Ronaldson

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Michael Ronaldson
Prime Minister Tony Abbott.jpg
Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the swearing in of the Abbott Ministry.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded byWarren Snowdon
Succeeded byStuart Robert
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded byWarren Snowdon
Succeeded byStuart Robert
Special Minister of State
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Preceded byMark Dreyfus
Succeeded byMal Brough
Senator from Victoria
In office
1 July 2005 – 28 February 2016
Preceded byTsebin Tchen
Succeeded byJames Paterson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Ballarat
In office
24 March 1990 – 8 October 2001
Preceded byJohn Mildren
Succeeded byCatherine King
Personal details
Born (1954-02-13) 13 February 1954 (age 67)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
Cate Ronaldson
(m. 1983)
RelationsArchibald Fisken (grandfather)
ResidenceBallarat, Victoria
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne

Michael John Clyde Ronaldson (born 13 February 1954) is a former Australian politician. He was a Senator for the state of Victoria representing the Liberal Party from July 2005 until February 2016, and previously served in the House of Representatives for Ballarat from 1990 to 2001. Ronaldson served as the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, and the Special Minister of State in the Abbott Government from 2013 to 2015.[1][2]

Background and early career

Ronaldson was born in Ballarat, Victoria and attended Ballarat College before studying law at the University of Melbourne. Admitted to the Bar, Ronaldson practised as a barrister and solicitor in Ballarat before entering politics. In 1981, Ronaldson was elected to the Ballarat City Council, where he served two terms as a councillor.

Political career

A member of the Liberal Party since 1980, Ronaldson was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Ballarat in 1990.

His election, along with several other Victorian MHRs first elected in March 1990, was largely a result of a protest vote swing against the Labor (John Cain) state government of the time. At his election, he held the seat with a margin of 1.9%.

His grandfather, Archibald Fisken, was the member for Ballarat from 1934 until 1937.[3] During his time in the House of Representatives, Ronaldson served as the Shadow Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training.

Following the election of the Howard government at the 1996 federal election, Ronaldson was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Development. After the 1998 election he was appointed Chief Government Whip.

Following his retirement from the House of Representatives at the 2001 election, Ronaldson was a consultant and member of a number of boards including Snowy Hydro Limited. He was co-chair of the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial project in Ballarat where he assisted with fundraising. He served on the Administrative Committee of the Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) from 2001 to 2004. Ronaldson has been a member of the Liberal Party for more than 30 years.

Senator for Victoria

At the 2004 federal election Ronaldson was elected to the Senate representing the state of Victoria, and his term began on 1 July 2005. Following the 2007 election, Ronaldson was appointed as Shadow Special Minister of State under Brendan Nelson.[4] He served as Shadow Cabinet Secretary in September 2008 until December 2009.

After the 2010 federal election Ronaldson was appointed Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC.

He assumed the portfolios as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC and Special Minister of State on 18 September 2013, but was replaced in the First Turnbull Ministry when Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as prime minister.[2]

He announced on 18 December 2015 his intention to leave parliament before the next election, after moving from the outer ministry in the Abbott Government to the backbench in the Turnbull Government. He said he would formally resign from parliament once his Liberal replacement was selected.[5][6] His resignation became effective on 28 February 2016,[7] creating a casual vacancy which was filled on 9 March 2016 when James Paterson was appointed by a joint sitting of the Parliament of Victoria.[8]

Personal life

Ronaldson has been married to Cate Ronaldson since 1983, and has three children.[9]

He survived a bout with kidney cancer in 1996.[10]


  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Nelson announces Opposition frontbench". Australia: ABC News. 1 June 2007.
  5. ^ Liberal Michael Ronaldson quits after being dumped from frontbench: SMH 18 December 2015
  6. ^ Michael Ronaldson to step down once Liberals choose replacement senator: ABC 18 December 2015
  7. ^ "The Hon Michael Ronaldson". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Mr James Paterson was appointed to the @ausenate seat vacated by the Hon Michael Ronaldson". Twitter. @VicParliament. Retrieved 9 March 2016.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ Who's Who in Australia, 2015.
  10. ^ "Liberal Michael Ronaldson quits after being dumped from frontbench". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Mildren
Member for Ballarat
Succeeded by
Catherine King
Preceded by
Tsebin Tchen
Senator for Victoria
Succeeded by
James Paterson
Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Snowdon
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Succeeded by
Stuart Robert
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Preceded by
Mark Dreyfus
Special Minister of State
Succeeded by
Mal Brough
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