The Honourable Peter McGauran is Australia’s Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to Houston, Texas. Mr McGauran took up the position in January 2018 after a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors in Australia. Mr McGauran served 25 years in the Australian Parliament between 1984 and 2008 including as a Cabinet Minister and over 10 years as a Minister in several Departments including the portfolios of Agriculture, Industry, Communications and Immigration. As Minister for Agriculture, Mr McGauran was a strong proponent of free and fair trade and was instrumental in negotiation of the initial stages of Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and Korea. Mr McGauran also chaired the Cairns Group of agricultural countries, including the United States, at a crucial period and drove commitments to break down artificial barriers to trade. On his retirement from Federal Parliament, Mr McGauran became CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia representing Australia’s 8,000 thoroughbred horse breeders and later CEO of Racing Australia, the national regulatory authority for racing in Australia. During that time Mr McGauran instituted the most significant animal welfare and integrity reforms in the history of Australian breeding and racing. Immediately prior to taking up his Post in Houston, Mr McGauran was Special Adviser to the CEO of Tabcorp Holdings. Mr McGauran graduated from Melbourne University with degrees in Law and Arts.