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Peter McGauran graduated from Melbourne University LLB/BA in 1979 practising as a solicitor in his home town of Traralgon (Vic) until being elected in 1983 to Federal Parliament for the seat of Gippsland.

Mr McGauran served 25 years in Parliament including as a Cabinet Minister and over 10 years as a Minister in various Departments including the portfolios of Agriculture, Industry, Communications and Immigration.

On his retirement from Federal Parliament in 2008, Mr McGauran became CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia. In 2012, Mr McGauran was appointed CEO of Racing Australia, the national regulatory authority for Thoroughbred racing and breeding.

Mr McGauran returned to public service in December 2017 on being appointed Australian Consul General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to Houston, Texas.

On completion of his term as Consul General in 2021, Mr McGauran joined Bondi Partners advisory firm in Sydney as a Senior Adviser working with US companies entering the Australian market. In 2022, he was appointed Chairman of the Heart Research Institute Ltd.