Hard working Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry won the seat in the September 2013 election.

Michelle is:

• The first LNP candidate to win the seat.
• The only female LNP/Nationals member in the House of Representatives.

Michelle stands for:

• improving the lot of small business
• increasing investment and employment potential in the region
• lobbying for better mobile phone services in the bush
• improving our roads and highways
• promoting the diversity of the region to the rest of the country.

While recognising the important economic contribution of coal and beef in the area, Michelle is also keen to highlight the economic diversity of Capricornia which also includes the Great Barrier Reef, tourism, seafood, health, pineapples and an important intellectual industry spearheaded by two key universities: Central Queensland University, and the University of Queensland Medical School.

Michelle – a true local:
• Michelle was born in Rockhampton in 1962 and completed her secondary schooling at Rockhampton Girls Grammar.

• As the mother of two daughters and a former small business owner, Michelle understands the difficulties of juggling a family and running a business.

• Michelle was an officer with the National Australia Bank for 22 years before establishing her own book keeping business in Central Queensland.

• Previously she worked as a pathology and medical biochemistry lab assistant

Michelle’s parents Bill and Gloria Martin ran Lucky Daniel’s Casket Agency in William St, Rockhampton for over 21 years.

As a 12-year-old she remembers standing on a box in the shop writing out casket tickets and talking to the customers.

In 1969, when Neil Armstrong took his first steps onto the moon, Michelle recalls her father setting up an old black and white TV set in the shop window.

“Dad wanted to make sure that people who couldn’t afford a television, could still experience the event of a generation,” Michelle says.

“I learnt a lesson that day. A lesson in unassuming generosity, for which my father, like many small business owners in country towns across the country, are renowned.

“It taught me about community spirit; consideration for others; and a willingness to stop and listen, with an open mind,” she said.

Parliament Committees:

Michelle is a member of the:

• Parliamentary Standing Committee Agriculture and Industry Committee
• Parliamentary Standing Committee Indigenous Affairs
• Supplementary Member of Northern Australia Committee
• Coalition Backbench Committee on Industry
• Coalition Backbench Committee on Social Services
• Parliamentary Friendship Group for NRL
• Parliamentary Friendship for Polio Survivors
• Parliamentary Friendship Group of Red Cross – Co-convenor

Michelle is involved in:

• The Heart Foundation – after her daughter was born with an irregular aorta and had open heart surgery aged 5.

• The Capricorn Gourmet Club

• Busi-Women’s Group – business women’s network

• CQ Regional Women’s Network

• Previously assisted with her daughter’s activities in P & C fundraising, Girl Guides and Surf Life Saving.