Get to know your Member for Fisher
Andrew Wallace lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife Leonie and the youngest of his four daughters, Sarah.
As a Sunshine Coast resident of more than 25 years, Andrew is committed to the local community. For the past 10 years, Andrew has been an active member of the Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club and has served on the Club’s Management Committee as Honorary Secretary and Vice-President. He is currently a Patrol Captain and a member of the Club’s 24-hour Emergency Response Team. Andrew is especially passionate about helping young people, having served as a former President of the Sunshine Coast Children’s Therapy Centre.
As a small business owner, Andrew wants to make sure local businesses are given the opportunity to succeed and grow so that they can provide the jobs of the future. He believes small business is the engine room of the economy, and that smaller government and lower taxes are key to ensuring that small businesses on the Coast can thrive.
Andrew is passionate about ensuring we get the infrastructure that our growing region needs, particularly when it comes to upgrading the congested Bruce Highway, North Coast Rail and the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Andrew’s unique background gives him the experience needed to be a strong voice for the Sunshine Coast. The son of a motor mechanic, Andrew began his working life as an apprentice carpenter and joiner, and after completing his apprenticeship, he became a builder and started his own business. In his late twenties, and with three young children, Andrew completed a law degree at the Queensland University of Technology, becoming a construction lawyer. He has had his own practice for 16 years, with his office based locally in Maroochydore.
In addition to his work in the electorate, Andrew holds a number of important Parliamentary posts. He is the Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services as well as Chair of the Defence Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. Andrew chairs inquiries into important national issues and Government projects, consult with people and organisations all over Australia to find out what people think about them, and produces reports which help to make sure that Government policy reflects the concerns and needs of the Australians who will be affected. He is also a member of the Speakers Panel and regularly presides over debates in the Australian House of Representatives.
Andrew looks forward to meeting you and finding out the issues that are of concern to you and your family.