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HOCKEY, the Hon. Joseph (Joe) BenedictBiography for HOCKEY, the Hon. Joseph (Joe) Benedict

Member for North Sydney (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for North Sydney, New South Wales, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Resigned 23.10.2015.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Financial Services and Regulation from 21.10.1998 to 26.11.2001.

Minister for Small Business and Tourism from 26.11.2001 to 26.10.2004.

Minister for Human Services from 26.10.2004 to 30.1.2007.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Workplace Relations from 10.8.2006 to 30.1.2007.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 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 21.9.2015.

Treasurer from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Economics from 10.11.2008 to 11.8.2009.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 12.2.2008 to 16.2.2009.

Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation from 22.9.2008 to 16.2.2009.

Shadow Treasurer from 16.2.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

President of the Young Liberal Movement (NSW).

Other Positions

President of the University of Sydney Students' Representative Council from 1986 to 1987.

Chair of the Sydney Airport Community Forum from 1996 to 1998.


Born 2.8.1965, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Sydney)

LLB (University of Sydney)

Director of Policy to the Premier of New South Wales

Banking and finance lawyer, Corrs Chambers Westgarth


Description: North Sydney

Location: central and lower northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Artarmon, Castlecrag, Cremorne, Crows Nest, Greenwich, Henley, Hunters Hill, Kirribilli, Lane Cove, McMahons Point, Middle Cove, Naremburn, Northbridge, North Sydney, Riverview, Waverton, Willoughby and Woolwich.

Area: 53 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 107,040 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: communications, property and business services, and wholesale and retail industries.