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Simon Birmingham

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Simon Birmingham
Simon Birmingham.jpg
Birmingham in 2015
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Assumed office
30 October 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byMathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Assumed office
30 October 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byMathias Cormann
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Assumed office
30 October 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byMathias Cormann
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
In office
28 August 2018 – 22 December 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded bySteven Ciobo
Succeeded byDan Tehan
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
In office
28 August 2018 – 30 October 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
LeaderMathias Cormann
Preceded byMitch Fifield
Succeeded byMichaelia Cash
Minister for Education and Training
In office
21 September 2015 – 28 August 2018
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Scott Morrison
Preceded byChristopher Pyne
Succeeded byDan Tehan
Assistant Minister for Education and Training
In office
23 December 2014 – 21 September 2015
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded bySussan Ley
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Senator for South Australia
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded byJeannie Ferris
Personal details
Born
Simon John Birmingham

(1974-06-14) 14 June 1974 (age 46)
Ashford, Adelaide, South Australia[1]
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
Websitesenatorbirmingham.com.au

Simon John Birmingham (born 14 June 1974) is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for South Australia since 2007. He is a member of the Liberal Party and has been the Minister for Finance in the Morrison government since 2020. He previously served as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the Morrison government from 2018 to 2020, Minister for Education and Training in the Turnbull government from 2015 to 2018, and as a parliamentary secretary and assistant minister in the Abbott government.

On 30 October 2020, Birmingham was sworn in as Minister for Finance and became Leader of the Government in the Senate following the resignation of Mathias Cormann.[2]

Early life and career

Birmingham grew up on his family's horse agistment property near Gawler, South Australia.[3] He was educated at Gawler High School and the University of Adelaide; neither of his parents had attended university. He has cited his grandmother Madge Herde, a school principal, as a key influence in his decision to enter politics.[4]

Birmingham was named South Australia's Lions Club Youth of the Year in 1992[5] and awarded the Town of Gawler's Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award in 1993. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Adelaide Graduate School of Business, University of Adelaide.[6]

He began his career working as an electorate officer for Senator Robert Hill. In 1997 Birmingham moved from federal to state politics, working as a ministerial advisor to Joan Hall.

Early in 2000 Birmingham moved to Canberra to become the national manager of public affairs for the Australian Hotels Association.[7] In late 2001, Birmingham was appointed chief of staff to the South Australian state minister for tourism and innovation, Martin Hamilton-Smith. Following a change of government in 2002, Birmingham began work with the Winemakers' Federation of Australia where he remained until his appointment to the Senate in 2007.[8]

Political career

At the age of 29, Birmingham won Liberal Party preselection for the marginal seat of Hindmarsh at the 2004 federal election following the retirement of sitting member Chris Gallus. The seat was narrowly won by Labor's Steve Georganas.[9]

After an unsuccessful attempt to fill the vacancy created by Robert Hill's retirement from the Senate in 2006, Birmingham won Liberal Party preselection as a Senate candidate in 2007 federal election and was elected for a six-year term. However, he entered the Senate earlier, being appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Jeannie Ferris.[6] At the time of his appointment on 3 May 2007, Birmingham was the youngest member of the Australian Senate. He is identified with the moderate wing of the Liberal Party.[10]

Birmingham served on Senate Environment, Communications, and Arts Committees from May 2007 to February 2010, the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network as well as the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties from 2007 to September 2012. He was also the Chair of the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (from September 2012), the Deputy Chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (from September 2012), a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (from February 2008) and a member of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network (from March 2011).[11]

Birmingham is also deputy chair of the Parliamentary Association for UNICEF. Birmingham has a keen interest in water issues including the health and future of the Murray Darling Basin,[12][13][14] and in December 2008 introduced a Private Member's Bill, The Water Amendment (Saving the Goulburn and Murray Rivers) Bill 2008. In December 2009 Birmingham was appointed to the Coalition frontbench as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray Darling Basin and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action.[15] After the 2010 election he was re-appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray Darling Basin and appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. He also represented the Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Hon Malcolm Turnbull, in the Senate.[16]

Ministerial appointments

Birmingham and his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita at the signing of the Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in March 2019
Birmingham and his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita at the signing of the Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in March 2019

Following the 2013 federal election, Birmingham served in the Abbott Ministry as a parliamentary secretary to the Minister for the Environment and from September 2013 until December 2014;[17] when he was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Education and Training.[18][19] He became the Minister for Education and Training in the First Turnbull Ministry following the Liberal Party of Australia leadership spill, September 2015. Upon the installment of the Morrison Ministry in August 2018, he became the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

On 30 October 2020, Birmingham was further appointed as Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister for Finance.[20][21]

Political views

Birmingham is a member of the moderate or liberal wing of the Liberal Party, and was regarded as a key backer of Malcolm Turnbull in the 2015 leadership contest.[4] According to Andrew Tillett, writing in The Australian Financial Review in August 2019, the retirement of Christopher Pyne saw Birmingham "assume the mantle as the most senior moderate" in the party.[22]

Personal life

Birmingham is married to his former campaign manager Courtney Morcombe, who is the chief of staff to South Australian premier Steven Marshall.[23] The couple have two daughters.[3]

In a 2013 survey of Australian federal politics, Birmingham was one of only four MPs and senators to publicly identify as atheist.[24]

References

  1. ^ "Citizenship Register". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ Gailberger, Jade. "Simon Birmingham sworn in as finance minister". The Australian. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Biography". Simon Birmingham. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b Dodd, Tim (5 May 2017). "Simon Birmingham: The man behind Turnbull's stunning Gonski political strike". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  5. ^ "South Australia: Lions Club Youth of the Year". Lions Clubs of Australia. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Senator Simon John Birmingham". Members and Senators. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Building industry tips job losses". The Age. 4 January 2001.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Simon BirninghamP profile". Q&A. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  9. ^ Australian Electoral Commission, S.A Division—Hindmarsh, 2004 election tally
  10. ^ "Loss for Hill's faction in Senate". The Australian. 11 April 2006.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Biography for BIRMINGHAM, the Hon. Simon John". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia.
  12. ^ "Victoria Slurps Murray as SA Dams". The Independent Weekly. 18 April 2009.
  13. ^ "Opinion: Government giving up on our Lower Lakes" Check |url= value (help). The Advertiser. 14 August 2008.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Lack of action is leaving us high and dry" Check |url= value (help). The Advertiser. 25 January 2008.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "A Reshaped Coalition Team for Australia's Future". Liberal Party of Australia. 8 December 2009.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  18. ^ "Tony Abbott's revamped Ministry sworn in at Government House". news.com.au. News Corp Australia. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  19. ^ Taylor, Lenore (21 December 2014). "Tony Abbott cabinet reshuffle moves Scott Morrison out of immigration". Guardian Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Appointment as Minister for Finance". Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. 30 October 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  21. ^ "Minister for Finance and Senate leadership". Prime Minister of Australia. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  22. ^ Tillett, Andrew (23 August 2019). "The rise of the next generation of factional leaders". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  23. ^ "Simon Birmingham and Courtney Morcombe: Adelaide's ultimate power couple". The Advertiser. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  24. ^ Sutton, Candace (31 March 2013). "Do Australian MPs believe in God?". News.com.au. Retrieved 15 January 2020.

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Jeannie Ferris
Senator for South Australia
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Minister for Finance
2020–present
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Michaelia Cash
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Christopher Pyne
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