Melissa McIntosh

Melissa Iris McIntosh (née Grah; born 24 August 1977) is an Australian politician. She is a member of the Liberal Party and was elected to the House of Representatives at the 2019 federal election, running in the New South Wales seat of Lindsay.

Melissa McIntosh

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Lindsay
Assumed office
18 May 2019
Preceded byEmma Husar
Personal details
Melissa Iris Grah

(1977-08-24) 24 August 1977
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Stuart McIntosh
Alma materWestern Sydney University
OccupationPolitical staffer
Communications officer

Early life

McIntosh was born on 24 August 1977 in Penrith, New South Wales.[1] Her father Edmund Grah immigrated to Australia in the late 1950s from Graz, Austria. His parents and sister had been killed in World War II.[2]

McIntosh studied journalism, public relations and video production at the University of Western Sydney, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Communications.[1]


McIntosh began working in politics after graduating university, working as an aide to arts and sport minister Jackie Kelly and later in the office of Prime Minister John Howard.[3] From 2011 to 2015 she worked at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney as head of partnerships and director of events. She then served as chief of staff to Assistant Treasurer Alex Hawke until 2016, when she joined Wentworth Community Housing as executive manager (communications).[1]

Prior to her election to parliament, McIntosh was a vice-president of the Liberal Party of Australia (New South Wales Division) and a member of the state executive.[1] She was an unsuccessful candidate for the Fourth Ward of the Blue Mountains City Council in 2016.[4]

Member of Parliament

In November 2018 McIntosh won Liberal preselection for the Division of Lindsay.[5] She was elected to the House of Representatives at the 2019 federal election, defeating Australian Labor Party (ALP) candidate Diane Beamer, who had defeated the incumbent ALP member Emma Husar for preselection.[6]

Personal life

McIntosh has three children with her husband Stuart McIntosh, a former Olympic canoeist. They met at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[3] She has sometimes used the name "Melissa Grah-McIntosh".[7]


  1. "Mrs Melissa McIntosh MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  2. "First Speech: Mrs Melissa McIntosh MP". Parliament of Australia. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  3. Curtis, Katina (20 September 2020). "Olympic love a 'better legacy than a medal any day'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  4. "Ward 4 Liberal team to focus on improving council finances". Blue Mountains Gazette. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. Barton, Nicola (5 December 2018). "Liberal candidate hits the ground running". Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. "Lindsay falls to Liberals". The Western Weekender. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  7. "Melissa Grah-McIntosh". ABC News. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Emma Husar
Member for Lindsay
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