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MINCHIN, the Hon. Nicholas (Nick) HughBiography for MINCHIN, the Hon. Nicholas (Nick) Hugh

Senator for South Australia

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1993. Re-elected 1998 and 2004. Retired with the expiration of term 2011.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 11.3.1996 to 9.10.1997.

Special Minister of State from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.

Minister for Industry, Science and Resources from 21.10.1998 to 26.11.2001.

Cabinet Minister from 21.10.1998 to 3.12.2007.

Minister for Finance and Administration from 26.11.2001 to 3.12.2007.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 18.7.2004 to 3.12.2007.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 18.8.1993 to 29.4.1996; Regulations and Ordinances from 18.8.1993 to 29.4.1996; Senators' Interests from 24.3.1994 to 29.4.1999 (Chair from 8.11.1994 to 29.4.1996); Appropriations and Staffing from 27.1.2006 to 3.5.2010; Procedure from 27.1.2006 to 3.5.2010.

Senate Select: Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media from 14.12.1993 to 30.3.1995.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Finance and Public Administration: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Community Affairs: References from 30.11.1994 to 29.4.1996; Economics: Legislation from 9.9.1996 to 8.10.1996.

Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 19.8.1993 to 7.10.1993; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 6.10.1993 to 29.1.1996.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 19.8.1993 to 21.10.1997.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Official Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions and bilateral visit to France, September-October 1994.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to 41st CPA Conference, Colombo, and bilateral visit to Sri Lanka, October 1995.

Leader, Bilateral visit to India and Pakistan, August-September 1996.

Official visits to the Philippines, June 1998.

Official visits to Indonesia, February-March 1999.

Official visits to Japan and Taiwan, April 1999.

Official visits to the USA and Canada, July 1999.

Official visits to the USA, September-October 1999.

Official visits to China, January 2000.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, March 2000.

Official visits to Germany and France, March 2000.

Official visits to Brazil, Chile and Argentina, February 2001.

Official visits to Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Singapore, May 2001.

Official visits to East Timor, July 2001.

Official visits to South Africa, July-August 2001.

Official visits to Japan, France and UK, July 2002.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, November 2002.

Official visits to China, Russia and UK, December 2002.

Official visits to Switzerland, January 2003.

Official visits to USA, September-October 2003.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, December 2004.

Official visits to the USA, April 2005.

Official visits to Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, July 2005.

Official visits to New Zealand, November 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, September 2010.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 7.10.2003 to 27.1.2006.

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 6.12.2007 to 3.5.2010.

Shadow Minister for Defence from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy from 8.12.2009 to 25.3.2010.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party Federal Secretariat from 1977 to 1983.

Deputy Director of the Federal Liberal Party, 1983.

Director of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 1985 to 1993.

Director of the Liberal Party Campaign Committee (SA) from 1985 to 1993.


Born 15.4.1953, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (Australian National University).

LLB (Australian National University).


Party official.