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BIRMINGHAM, the Hon. Simon JohnBiography for BIRMINGHAM, the Hon. Simon John

Senator for South Australia

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 3.5.2007 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Ferris (deceased). Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2007. Re-elected 2013 and 2016.


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment from 18.9.2013 to 23.12.2014.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training from 23.12.2014 to 21.9.2015.

Minister for Education and Training from 21.9.2015 to 28.8.2018.

Cabinet Minister from 21.9.2015.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment from 28.8.2018.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 5.2.2018 to 10.9.2018; Procedure from 5.2.2018 to 10.9.2018; Selection of Bills from 5.2.2018 to 10.9.2018.

Senate Select: National Broadband Network from 26.6.2008 to 17.6.2010.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Workplace Relations and Education from 9.5.2007 to 20.6.2007; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 9.5.2007 to 11.2.2008; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 12.2.2008 to 14.5.2009; Environment, Communications and the Arts: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 2.2.2010; Environment, Communications and the Arts: References from 14.5.2009 to 2.2.2010; Environment and Communications: References from 15.8.2012 to 11.11.2013; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 15.8.2012 to 11.11.2013.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 20.6.2007 to 12.9.2012; Electoral Matters from 14.2.2008 to 5.8.2013; National Broadband Network from 3.3.2011 to 5.8.2013.

Joint Select: Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation from 14.9.2011 to 7.10.2011; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.2013 to 24.6.2013.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray Darling Basin from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Action from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Environment from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 20.12.2017 to 23.8.2018.

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 23.8.2018 to 28.8.2018.

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 28.8.2018.


Party Positions

President of the Adelaide University Liberal Club from 1993 to 1994.

Member of the Young Liberal Movement State Executive (SA) from 1993 to 1999.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (SA) from 1998 to 2000.

Policy Coordinator for the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 1998 to 2000.

Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council, 1999.

Vice-President of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 2003 to 2004.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (SA) from 2003 to 2004.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (SA) from 2005 to 2007.

Patron of the Young Liberal Movement State Branch (SA) from 2005 to 2007.

Senior Vice-President of the Liberal Party State Branch (SA) from 2005 to 2007.

Delegate to the Liberal Party Federal Council, 2007.


Personal

Born 14.6.1974, Adelaide, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

MBA (University of Adelaide)

Electorate officer to Senator the Hon. Robert Hill 1995-97

Adviser to the Minister for Tourism, Employment and Youth (SA) 1997-2000

National Public Affairs Manager, Australian Hotels Association 2000-01

Chief of Staff, Minister for Tourism and Innovation (SA) 2001-02

Director, Winemakers' Federation of Australia 2002-07