Michaelia Cash

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Senator The Honourable
Michaelia Cash
Michaelia Cash March 2014 (cropped).jpg
Cash at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2014
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Kate Lundy
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Julie Collins
Senator for Western Australia
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Preceded by Ross Lightfoot
Personal details
Born Michaelia Clare Cash
(1970-07-19) 19 July 1970 (age 44)
Subiaco, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Richard Price
Parents George Cash
Alma mater Curtin University;
University of London;
University of Western Australia
Profession Lawyer; Politician

Michaelia Clare Cash (born 19 July 1970) is an Australian politician. She has been a Senator for the state of Western Australia representing the Liberal Party of Australia since July 2008. Cash has served in the Abbott Ministry as the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women since 18 September 2013.[1][2]

Background and early career[edit]

Cash was born in the Perth suburb of Subiaco in Western Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a triple major in public relations, politics and journalism from Curtin University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Western Australia.

In the 1990s she worked for Liberal senator Ross Lightfoot, whom she later succeeded in the Senate.[3]

Before her election as a Senator for Western Australia, Cash was a solicitor at the law firm Freehills, where she worked from 1999 to 2008. She practised in the areas of employment and industrial law including industrial relations, employee relations, occupational health and safety, equal opportunity, executive employment and unfair dismissal.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Cash was first elected to parliament at the 2007 federal election. She contested the election as the number three candidate of the Liberal Senate ticket in Western Australia.

Since entering parliament Cash has been appointed to the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and the Regulations and Ordinances Committee. In September 2010 Cash was made the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration.

Cash is a long-standing member of the Liberal Party and was an executive member of the Curtin University Young Liberals from 1988 to 1990 and then the Western Australian Young Liberal Movement, where she held numerous positions including state vice-president. She is a member of the state council and was the president of the Moore Division and has also served on the party's state executive.

Personal[edit]

She is married to Richard Price, a barrister and the brother of late political journalist Matt Price. She is the daughter of George Cash AM, a former Member for Mount Lawley in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly who served between 1984 and 1989; and also a Member of the North Metropolitan Region in the Western Australian Legislative Council who served between 1989 and 2009.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Schubert, Misha; Colebatch, Tim (30 June 2008). "New Senate starts the term afresh with a large injection of young blood". The Age. 
  4. ^ Keane, Bernard (26 August 2008). "A-X of new senators". Crikey. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ross Lightfoot
Senator for Western Australia
2008–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Julie Collins
as Minister for the Status of Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jason Clare
as Minister for Home Affairs
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Kate Lundy
as Minister for Multicultural Affairs