Former Senator Nigel Scullion

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Former Senator

Party
Country Liberal Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for the Northern Territory 2001. Re-elected 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Retired at the expiration of term 2019.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Community Services from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.
  • Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 18.9.2013 to 29.5.2019.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 29.5.2019.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Library from 14.2.2002 to 16.8.2005; Publications from 28.8.2002 to 16.8.2005.
  • Senate Select: Administration of Indigenous Affairs from 17.6.2004 to 8.3.2005; Mental Health from 10.3.2005 to 28.4.2006; Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities from 20.3.2008 to 24.9.2010.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 11.9.2006; Legal and Constitutional: References from 14.2.2002 to 16.8.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 11.8.2005 to 16.8.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 11.8.2005 to 16.8.2005; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.9.2006 to 8.2.2007.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 14.2.2002 to 16.8.2005; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 1.7.2002 to 23.3.2006.
  • Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 1.7.2002 to 16.8.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 16.8.2005 to 8.2.2007; National Capital and External Territories from 7.9.2009 to 27.10.2009.
  • Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Nationals Whip in the Senate from 7.2.2006 to 6.2.2007.
  • Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 7.2.2007 to 3.12.2007.
  • Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 3.12.2007 to 17.9.2008.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 3.12.2007 to 13.9.2013.
  • Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Human Services from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.
  • Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.
  • Leader of the Nationals in the Senate from 13.9.2013 to 30.6.2019.
Party positions
  • Member of the Country Liberal Party Management Committee.
Personal
  • Born 4.5.1956, London, England
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • USL Master Class V (default)
  • Graduate of Australian Rural Leadership Program
  • Professional fisherman and owner/operator of various marine service industries
  • Field assistant, geophysical observer and managerial positions in the mining industry
  • Company director
  • Chair, Northern Territory Seafood Council 1994-2001
  • Chair, Northern Territory Seafood and Maritime Training Advisory Board 1994-98
  • Chair, Australian Seafood Industry Council 1996-2001
  • Deputy Chair, International Coalition of Fisheries Association 1998
  • Chair, International Coalition of Fisheries Association 1999