Senator the Hon Nick Minchin

Nicholas Minchin

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Senator for South Australia

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for South Australia, 1993 (term began 1.7.1993), 1998 and 2004. Retired at general elections 2010 (term ended 30.6.2011).

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Ministerial appointments

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 11.3.96 to 9.10.97.
  • Special Minister of State from 9.10.97 to 21.10.98.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 9.10.97 to 21.10.98.
  • Minister for Industry, Science and Resources from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.
  • Minister for Finance and Administration from 26.11.01 to 3.12.07.
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council from 18.7.04 to 3.12.07.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: House from 18.8.93 to 29.4.96; Regulations and Ordinances from 18.8.93 to 29.4.96; Senators' Interests from 24.3.94 (Chair from 8.11.94) to 29.4.96; Appropriations and Staffing from 27.1.06 to 3.5.10; Procedure from 27.1.06 to 3.5.10.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96; Community Affairs: References Committee from 30.11.94 to 29.4.96; Economics: Legislation Committee from 9.9.96 to 8.10.96.
  • Senate Select: Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.93 to 30.3.95.
  • Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 19.8.93 to 7.10.93; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 6.10.93 to 29.1.96.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 19.8.93 to 21.10.97.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Official Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions and bilateral visit to France, September-October 1994.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 41st CPA Conference, Colombo, and bilateral visit to Sri Lanka, October 1995.
  • Leader, bilateral visit to India and Pakistan, August-September 1996.
  • Official visits to the Philippines, June 1998; Indonesia, February-March 1999; Japan and Taiwan, April 1999; USA and Canada, July 1999; USA, September-October 1999; China, January 2000; Papua New Guinea, March 2000; Germany and France, March 2000; Brazil, Chile and Argentina, February 2001; Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Singapore, May 2001; East Timor, July 2001; South Africa, July-August 2001; Japan, France and UK, July 2002; Papua New Guinea, November 2002; China, Russia and UK, December 2002; Switzerland, January 2003; USA, September-October 2003; Papua New Guinea, December 2004; USA, April 2005; Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, July 2005; New Zealand, November 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, September 2010.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 7.10.03 to 27.1.06.
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 6.12.07 to 3.5.10.
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 25.3.10. Shadow Minister for Defence from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09; Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy from 8.12.09 to 25.3.10.

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Party positions

  • Staff member, Liberal Party Federal Secretariat 1977-83.
  • Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party 1983.
  • State Director, Liberal Party (SA) 1985-93.
  • Campaign Director, Liberal Party (SA) 1985-93.

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Personal

  • Born 15.4.1953, Sydney, NSW.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BEc, LLB (ANU).
  • Solicitor.
  • Party official (see Party positions above).

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