Marise Payne

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Senator The Honourable
Marise Payne
Marise Payne portrait.jpeg
Minister for Human Services
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Jan McLucas
Senator for New South Wales
Assumed office
9 April 1997
Preceded by Bob Woods
Personal details
Born Marise Ann Payne
(1964-07-29) 29 July 1964 (age 50)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party
Domestic partner Stuart Ayres
Alma mater University of New South Wales

Marise Ann Payne (born 29 July 1964) is an Australian politician. She is a Liberal Party Senator for the state of New South Wales. Senator Payne was appointed to the Senate on 9 April 1997, and elected in 2001 for a full term, and again in 2007 and 2013. Payne has been the Minister for Human Services in the Abbott Government since 18 September 2013.[1]

Early life[edit]

Payne is born in Sydney. She attended MLC School, Burwood and then attended the University of New South Wales, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Laws. A member of the Liberal Party since 1982, Payne was the Young Liberal Movement's first female Federal President (from 1989 to 1991) and was NSW State President during 1987 and 1988. She also served for 10 years on the NSW Liberal State Executive.[2]

Political career[edit]

On 3 February 1997, Senator Bob Woods announced his resignation from the Senate, citing the need to spend more time with his family,[3] to take effect from 7 March 1997. Payne was endorsed by the Liberal Party for the casual vacancy, and assumed office on 9 April 1997.

Payne has been a member of a range of legislative and policy committees in the Australian Parliament, including the Senate Privileges Committee and the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In September 2010 Payne was appointed Shadow Minister for Indigenous Development and Employment, Shadow Minister for COAG and Shadow Minister for Housing by Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott.[4] She previously held the positions of Shadow Minister for COAG and Modernising the Federation,[5] Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs.

Payne has been Minister for Human Services in the Abbott Government since 18 September 2013.


  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
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  3. ^ Grubel, James (5 July 2002). "Analysis: Politics and private lives". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
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  5. ^ A Reshaped Coalition Team for Australia’s Future, Tony Abbott MP, Leader of the Opposition, 8 December 2009

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bob Woods
Senator for New South Wales
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan McLucas
Minister for Human Services