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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, 2013 and 2016.

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 to 21.9.15.

Prime Minister from 15.9.15.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources from 27.10.17 to 6.12.17.

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.

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 and from 14.9.15.

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.

Elected Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, February 1998.

Member, National Advisory Committee on Ageing from 2002.


Born 24.10.1954, Sydney, NSW.


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.


Awarded Centenary Medal 2003.


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.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Clovelly (part), Darlinghurst (part), Darling Point, Dover Heights, Elizabeth Bay, Moore Park, Paddington, Point Piper, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay and Waverley.

Area: 38 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 102 782 (at 2.7.16).

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