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TURNBULL, the Hon. Malcolm BlighBiography for TURNBULL, the Hon. Malcolm Bligh

Member for Wentworth (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Wentworth, New South Wales, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 27.1.06 to 30.1.07.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources from 30.1.07 to 3.12.07.

Minister for Communications from 18.9.13.


Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 1.12.04 to 9.2.06; Economics from 11.3.08 to 28.8.08; Environment and Heritage from 1.12.04 to 9.2.06; Health and Ageing from 1.12.04 to 9.2.06; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.12.04 to 9.2.06.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.10 to 24.3.11.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.12.04 to 11.8.05; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.12.04 to 9.2.06; National Broadband Network from 22.3.11 to 5.8.13; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.13 to 24.6.13.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Elected Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, February 1998.

Official visits to the Vatican, April 2006; New Zealand, November 2006; USA, April 2007, May-June 2007 and September 2007; the Middle East and Afghanistan, June-July 2009.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 1.12.09 and from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13. Shadow Treasurer from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 16.9.08 to 1.12.09.

Leader of the Opposition from 16.9.08 to 1.12.09.


Party Positions

Honorary Federal Treasurer, Liberal Party 2002-03.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) 2002-03.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Finance Committee 2002-03.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 2002-03.

Director, Menzies Research Centre 2001-04.


Other Positions

Chair, Australian Republican Movement 1993-2000.

Member, National Advisory Committee on Ageing from 2002.


Personal

Born 24.10.1954, Sydney, NSW.

Married.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Syd), BCL(Hons) (Oxon).

Rhodes Scholar (NSW 1978).

Journalist 1975-79.

Barrister and solicitor 1980-83 and 1986-88.

Grazier 1982-2004.

General Counsel and Secretary, Consolidated Press Holdings Group 1983-85.

Managing Director, Turnbull and Partners Ltd 1987-97.

Chairman, OzEmail Ltd 1994-99.

Director, FTR Holdings Ltd 1995-2004.

Chairman and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Australia 1997-2001.

Partner, Goldman Sachs and Co 1998-2001.


Honours

Awarded Centenary Medal 2003.


Publications

The Spycatcher trial, Richmond: William Heinemann, 1988.

The reluctant republic, Port Melbourne: William Heinemann, 1993.

Fighting for the republic: the ultimate insider's account, South Yarra: Hardie Grant, 1999.


Electorate

Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Centennial Park, Darling Point, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Elizabeth Bay, North Bondi, Paddington, Point Piper, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Tamarama, Vaucluse, Watson's Bay, Waverley, Woollahra and parts of Clovelly, Darlinghurst, Moore Park, Randwick and Woolloomooloo.

Area: 30 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 109 262 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: finance, property, service, wholesale and retail trade, tourism, education, sport and recreation.

State electorates: Wentworth includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Vaucluse, and parts of Coogee and Sydney.