Adrian Piccoli

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The Honourable
Adrian Piccoli
Adrian Piccoli.jpg
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Murrumbidgee
Assumed office
27 March 1999
Preceded by Adrian Cruickshank
Minister for Education
Assumed office
3 April 2011
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Mike Baird
Preceded by Verity Firth
Personal details
Born (1970-03-24) 24 March 1970 (age 44)
Griffith, New South Wales
Political party National Party of Australia
Children Two
Alma mater Australian National University
Profession Solicitor; Farmer
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Parliamentary biography

Adrian Piccoli (born 24 March 1970) is an Australian politician representing the electoral district of Murrumbidgee in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. He is the deputy leader of the National Party in the New South Wales Parliament, and has been the Minister for Education since 2011, in both the O'Farrell and Baird ministries.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Of Italian descent,[1] Piccoli was born in Griffith. He completed a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University in 1993.[3]

Prior to starting his political career, Piccoli worked as an irrigation rice farmer and solicitor.[4] Piccoli is married, has two children,[5] and is a Roman Catholic.[1]

Political career[edit]

Piccoli has represented Murrumbidgee for the Nationals since the 1999 state election.[5] In 2008 he became the deputy leader of the National Party in the NSW Parliament.

Following the Coalition victory in the 2011 New South Wales election, Piccoli was chosen by Premier Barry O'Farrell to be part of his cabinet as the Minister for Education.[2]

When Deputy Premier and Nationals leader Andrew Stoner announced his resignation in 2014, Piccoli as Stoner's deputy was expected to stand as a candidate to succeed him as Nationals leader but chose not to nominate for the leadership and instead remained deputy to new leader Troy Grant. It is believed that Piccoli did not have the numbers to beat Grant for the leadership, despite Grant's political inexperience. Stoner had endorsed Grant over Piccoli as his successor.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Patty, Anna (6 April 2012). "MPs moved by heaven and earth". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Tyson, Ross (4 April 2011). "Piccoli given plum portfolio". Area News. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Adrian". Adrian Piccoli. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Adrian Piccoli MP". National Party of Australia (New South Wales). Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Mr Adrian Piccoli, BEc, LLB MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Adrian Cruickshank
Member for Murrumbidgee
Political offices
Preceded by
Verity Firth
as Minister for Education and Training
Minister for Education
Party political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Fraser
Deputy Leader of the New South Wales National Party