THIS IS CRAIG’S STORY
Local born and bred
Born in 1971, Craig is the 4th generation of his family to have lived in Strathfield. As a boy, Craig attended local schools before going to the University of NSW where he graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree.
Craig has a professional background having worked in the family business, Laundy Hotels, for over 20 years. During that time, Craig learnt many valuable lessons by working from the ground up in hotels in Lidcombe and Auburn. In 1996 Craig moved to the company's headquarters to oversee the modernisation of the business and assumed responsibility for the front line operations in 1997.
A committed community advocate, having supported numerous sporting and charitable groups over many years, Craig left the family business to seek election to Federal Parliament in 2013 as the Liberal Candidate for Reid.
representing you in parliament
On the 19th of November, 2013, Craig delivered his First Speech in the Australian Federal Parliament.Watch the Video »
After having served on a number of Backbench Policy Committees including Small Business, Immigration, Economics and Finance, Craig was appointed the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs. In this role, Craig is committed to working with Australians from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, taking a strong stance to support multiculturalism, refugee intake and harmonious cross-cultural relations.
Re-Elected to Federal Parliament
In the 2016 Election, Craig was re-elected as the Federal Member for Reid. Building on the achievements of his first three years as a Federal Member, Craig is using his new term to advocate for his community on a Federal and local level.
Innovation and Science
In July, Craig was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Craig eagerly engaged with industry leaders across these fields in order to modernise the economy and create innovative opportunities for emerging industries.
Small and Family Business
Craig flagged his focus on small and family businesses from when he first entered Parliament, declaring in his maiden speech "I come from business". It was then a privilege to be appointed as the Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation from December 2017 to August 2018. With his own background in family business, Craig committed to representing the portfolio as faithfully and loyally as possible.