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Melissa was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Durack, the largest electorate in Australia, in 2013. Born and raised in the remote gold mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, she relished the opportunity to represent the diverse interests of a rural electorate that covers approximately half of the state of Western Australia.
During her first term, Melissa was appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry, Indigenous Affairs, and Infrastructure and Communications, and the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia. Melissa’s vast experience living and working in regional Australia proved a valuable insight during her time on all committees.
Her constituents recognised Melissa’s strong work ethic and dedication during her first term, and she was re-elected as the Member for Durack in July 2016. In December 2017, she was elevated to her first outer ministerial appointment in the role of Assistant Minister for the Environment. She continued in this role until August 2018, when she was sworn in as Minister for the Environment in the Morrison Government.
With the Coalition returned to government at the 2019 Federal election, Melissa was sworn in as Minister for Defence Industry in May 2019.
A lawyer by profession before beginning her career as a politician, Melissa’s legal career includes working for leading Australian law firm Clayton Utz. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the private sector, working in a variety of commercial and legal roles. She maintained her connection to rural Australia through stints in regionally focused industries, including a legal and then business development role at the CBH Group.
Melissa has also spent time working with the not-for-profit sector. She is a former Director of both the Cancer Council (WA) and BrightSpark Foundation, and a passionate supporter of cancer and child health research.