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

Senator for (SA)

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: National Crime Authority 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

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

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.

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

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.2007 to 25.3.2010.

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

Staff member, Liberal Party Federal Secretariat 1977-83

Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party 1983

State Director, Liberal Party (SA) 1985-93

Campaign Director, Liberal Party (SA) 1985-93


Born 15.4.1953, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Ec (ANU)



Party official