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Mick Veitch

Mick Veitch at lecturn.jpg
Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade
Assumed office
3 July 2019
LeaderMichael Daley
Preceded byAdam Searle
(as Shadow Minister for Industry)
Penny Sharpe
(as Shadow Minister for Trade)
Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs
Assumed office
27 November 2018
LeaderMichael Daley
Penny Sharpe
Jodi McKay
Preceded byPosition established
Shadow Minister for Western New South Wales
Assumed office
9 April 2015
LeaderLuke Foley
Michael Daley
Penny Sharpe
Jodi McKay
Preceded byPosition established
Member of New South Wales Legislative Council
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Member of the Young Shire Council
In office
Secretary of Young Labor
In office
Personal details
Born (1962-12-19) 19 December 1962 (age 58)
Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia
Political party
ResidenceTumut, New South Wales, Australia[1]

Michael Stanley Veitch (born 19 December 1962) is an Australian politician and Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. Veitch has been a member of the Council since 24 March 2007.[2]

Early years

Veitch was born at Gundagai, New South Wales to parents Bob and Val. He is the oldest of five children. He attended Adelong Central School in his primary school years. His secondary studies were undertaken at Tumut High School.

Leaving high school, he worked as a shearer, a train station assistant and a disability worker. He finished his railway career as an Assistant Station Master at Rydalmere and Toongabbie train stations. He completed further studies at TAFE. He became the Executive Officer of the Wiradjuri Country Community Group Limited and then the General Manager (Growth and Strategy) of Job Centre Australia Limited.

He joined the Labor Party in March 1989[3] He became the Secretary of the Young Branch of the Labor Party. He has been a delegate to the NSW ALP State Conference and the National Conference.

He was elected as an independent shire councillor for Young Shire Council in September 1995.[3] He was re-elected in 1999 and 2004.[3]

In 1998, he ran as the Labor Party candidate for the federal seat of Hume (a Liberal/National coalition safe seat). He was unsuccessful in that campaign, losing to Liberal Party candidate Alby Schultz.

Veitch was deputy chair of the nine-member Southern Area Health Board for New South Wales.[4][5]

Veitch was elected on 24 March 2007 to the New South Wales Legislative Council with the 19th-highest quota at that election. He has served as Deputy Government Whip, Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Industries and on numerous Legislative Council Committees. Since 2011 he has served on the Opposition front bench holding responsibility for Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services and Regional and Rural Affairs. He is currently the Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Western NSW,

He is divorced and has four children, and six grandchildren. He and his former wife were foster parents.


  1. ^ When elected to Council, Veitch stood as an Independent.


  1. ^ @MickVeitchMLC (25 September 2020). "After a couple of busy Sitting Weeks in Macquarie Street it is good to be home, even if it is 5 degrees! #nswpol" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "The Hon. (Mick) Michael Stanley VEITCH, MLC". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Mick Veitch MLC". Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Upper House MP Michael Veitch approved". Daily Telegraph. 16 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Meagher defends disgraced doctor reference check claims". ABC News. 16 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008.
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