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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. Re-elected 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Resigned 31.8.2018.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 27.1.2006 to 30.1.2007.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 24.8.2018.

Minister for Communications from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Prime Minister from 15.9.2015 to 24.8.2018.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources from 27.10.2017 to 6.12.2017.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.2010 to 24.3.2011.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.12.2004 to 11.8.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.12.2004 to 9.2.2006; National Broadband Network from 22.3.2011 to 5.8.2013; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.2013 to 24.6.2013.

House of Representatives Standing: Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 1.12.2004 to 9.2.2006; Environment and Heritage from 1.12.2004 to 9.2.2006; Health and Ageing from 1.12.2004 to 9.2.2006; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.12.2004 to 9.2.2006; Economics from 11.3.2008 to 28.8.2008.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.2007 to 1.12.2009.

Shadow Treasurer from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 16.9.2008 to 1.12.2009.

Leader of the Opposition from 16.9.2008 to 1.12.2009.

Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 14.9.2015 to 24.8.2018.

Party Positions

Director, Menzies Research Centre 2001-04

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

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, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Syd)

LL.B (Syd)

B.C.L(Hons) (Oxon)

Rhodes Scholar (NSW 1978)

Journalist 1975-79

Barrister and solicitor 1980-83

Grazier 1982-2004

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

Barrister and solicitor 1986-88

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, 01.01.2001


The Spycatcher trial, William Heinemann, Richmond: 1988

The reluctant republic, William Heinemann, Port Melbourne: 1993

Fighting for the republic: the ultimate insider's account, Hardie Grant, South Yarra: 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: 102782 (at 2.7.2016)

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