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PYNE, the Hon. Christopher MauriceBiography for PYNE, the Hon. Christopher Maurice

Member for Sturt (SA)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Sturt, South Australia, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family and Community Services from 7.10.03 to 26.10.04.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing from 26.10.04 to 30.1.07.

Assistant Minister for Health and Ageing from 30.1.07 to 21.3.07.

Minister for Ageing from 21.3.07 to 3.12.07.

Minister for Education from 18.9.13 to 23.12.14.

Minister for Education and Training from 23.12.14 to 21.9.15.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science from 21.9.15.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 12.5.93 to 31.5.94 and from 29.5.96 to 4.6.97; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 10.5.94 to 29.1.96; Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 8.12.98 to 18.6.02; Employment, Education and Training from 30.5.96 to 31.8.98; Procedure from 8.12.98 to 6.11.00 (Chair from 10.12.98 to 6.11.00); Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 20.3.02 to 4.11.03 (Chair from 20.3.02 to 4.11.03).

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 11.3.08 to 25.9.08; Australian Crime Commission from 11.3.08 to 25.9.08.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02; Electoral Matters from 6.11.00 to 11.2.02 (Chair from 6.11.00 to 11.2.02).

Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 2.6.99 to 9.8.99; Parliamentary Budget Office from 23.11.10 to 23.3.11.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Social Security from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Justice and Border Protection from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister Assisting the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training from 22.9.08 to 18.9.13.

Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 16.2.09 to 5.8.13.

Leader of the House from 12.11.13.

Party Positions

State President, Young Liberals (SA) 1988-90.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (SA) 1988-92.

Policy Coordinator, Liberal Party (SA) 1990-92.

Vice-President, Australian Young Liberal Movement 1990-91.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 1990-91.

Delegate to Liberal Party State and Federal Councils.

Member, Liberal Party Campaign Committee (SA).

Member, Liberal Party Policy Committee (SA).

Member, Liberal Party Federal Advisory Committee on Electoral Matters.


Born 13.8.1967, Adelaide, SA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (Adel).

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (SA).

Research assistant to Senator AE Vanstone 1987-90.

Solicitor 1991-93.


A Letter To My Children, Melbourne, Vic: Melbourne University Publishing, 2015.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: eastern Adelaide; it includes the suburbs of Athelstone, Burnside, Campbelltown, Demancourt, Frewville, Gilles Plains, Glenside, Glynde, Hectorville, Highbury, Hillcrest, Holden Hill, Kensington, Klemzig, Magill, Marden, Paradise and Tranmere, and parts of Payneham and Rostrevor.

Area: 85 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 101 845 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: commercial and retail industries.

State electorates: Sturt includes the South Australian House of Assembly electorate of Hartley, and parts of Bragg, Dunstan, Florey, Morialta, Newland, Torrens and Unley.