Steven Ciobo

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The Honourable
Steven Ciobo
BCom, LLB (Bond), LLM (QUT), MP
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Moncrieff
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Kathy Sullivan
Majority 25,088 votes (18%) [1]
Personal details
Born (1974-05-29) 29 May 1974 (age 40)
Mareeba, Queensland
Political party Liberal National Party
Spouse(s) Astra Ciobo (née Hauquitz)
Residence Gold Coast
Website stevenciobo.com/

Steven Michele Ciobo (pronounced Choe-boe) (born 29 May 1974), Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001 representing the Division of Moncrieff, Queensland. He was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer on 18 September 2013 in the First Ministry of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

He was born in Mareeba, Queensland, and was educated at Bond University and the Queensland University of Technology. He was a consultant with Coopers & Lybrand, a Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and an adviser to Senator Brett Mason before entering politics.[2]

Personal[edit]

Steven Ciobo grew up in Mareeba in North Queensland, the youngest of three children in an Anglican family.[3] His parents, Bruno and Joan, ran a tourism business in Cairns.[3] Ciobo graduated in law and commerce from Bond University and earned a masters degree in law from the Queensland University of Technology.[3]

According to ABC Television, he worked on the floor of a food processing factory to help support himself while studying.[4] While at university he reportedly toyed with the idea of joining Australia's domestic intelligence agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).[3] He instead worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers following his graduation, before joining the staff of Senator Brett Mason.[3]

In an interview with Brisbane's Courier Mail newspaper in August 2010, Ciobo revealed he can juggle, his favourite flavour is custard and that, if an animal, he would be a rhinoceros.[5] Ciobo also told the newspaper he believes Australia is defined as "a land of opportunity refreshingly free of pretension.":[5]

In an opinion piece he wrote for the ABC in June 2011, Ciobo declared he was a libertarian who would "attempt to persuasively argue the need for less regulation."[6] In the article he said that "like the Tassie Tiger, personal responsibility has died out"[6] and that "increasingly, I find myself thinking it is not this new law that is required, rather, it is a good dose of 'toughen up and stop blaming others for your bad decision'."[6]

Ciobo is married with two children and lives on the Gold Coast.[7] In 2010, he told a newspaper his happiest moment was when his son, who was born with a heart condition, came through a five-and-a-half hour operation well.[5] His wife, Astra Ciobo, née Hauquitz, is a successful[8] businesswoman who co-founded a Gold Coast public relations firm.[9]

Politics[edit]

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer[edit]

On 18 September 2013 Steven Ciobo was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Joe Hockey.[10] He was also appointed as Australia's Alternate Governor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.[11]

Ciobo addressing a Financial Services Council conference in Sydney

Ciobo was given responsibility for the Foreign Investment Review Board, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Royal Australian Mint, the National Housing Supply Council and the Australian Valuation Office.[11]

However, since his appointment Ciobo has abolished both the National Housing Supply Council and the Australian Valuation Office and announced plans to privatise the Royal Australian Mint.

The Government announced the closure of the National Housing Supply Council on 8 November 2013,[12] saying the Council's activities were "no longer needed".[13]

Ciobo announced the closure of the Australian Valuation Office, which had been in existence for over 100 years, on 24 January 2014, saying "a compelling case for the Commonwealth providing its own valuation services no longer exists, particularly given there is a highly competitive market of private sector providers."[14] The 200 staff of the Australian Valuation Office were made redundant.[15]

A scoping study for the privatisation of the Royal Australian Mint was announced as part of the 2014-15 Budget.[16]

Federal Member for Moncrieff[edit]

Steven Ciobo has been the Federal Member for Moncrieff since the Federal Election on 10 November 2001.

Ciobo's 2007 campaign signage on the beach at Surfers Paradise.

Ciobo has frequently voiced his criticism of the plan by Andrew Wilkie, and adopted by the Gillard Government, to require all poker machine players to set a daily betting limit,[17][18][19] telling a Queensland newspaper the plan "will place the entire population that want to have a $10 flutter within arms' reach of big brother government."[20]

In April 2011, Ciobo called for a radical rethink of the tourism strategy for the Gold Coast, calling on the city to focus on more casinos and glitz. He said turning Surfers Paradise into a world-class entertainment precinct to rival Las Vegas and Macau was the solution to save the Gold Coast from rising unemployment and economic doom.[21]

He was critical of the merger of the Liberal and National parties in Queensland, telling ABC Radio in July 2008 "I don’t believe it’s going to have a positive effect on a federal level. But at a state level it certainly is going to make a very big difference."[22]

In 2011 Ciobo and Labor MP Kelvin Thompson were seconded to the United Nations in New York for 12 weeks.[23]

Ciobo has repeatedly called for the introduction of daylight saving for South East Queensland,[24][25] despite this position being at odds of that of the Liberal National Party in the Queensland Parliament.[26]

In 2005, he urged the Government to change the law to strip naturalised Australians of their citizenship if they incite, support or engage in terrorist activity.[27]

In 2006, Ciobo called for the First Home Owner Grant to be doubled,[28] a policy which was adopted by the Rudd Government in October 2008 as an economic stimulus measure.[29]

In the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election, responding to a dare from a local radio station, Ciobo and his wife were thrown into the air on a sling shot bungee at the Surfers Paradise Adrenalin Park. While hurled up in the air, Ciobo’s wife spotted one of her husband’s stolen election signs on the balcony of a Surfers Paradise apartment. The radio station has since posted a video of the dare on YouTube.[30]

The electorate of Moncrieff covers the central Gold Coast and stretches from the suburb of Miami in the south to the suburb of Southport in the North and west to the suburb of Gilston. The electorate includes the tourism landmark Surfers Paradise as well as the Pacific Fair shopping centre, the Conrad Jupiters casino and hotel complex and the marine mammal park Sea World.

Election Results - Steven Ciobo
Election Share of First Preference Vote Share of Two Party Preferred Vote
2001 Federal Election 51%[31] 65%[31]
2004 Federal Election 64%[32] 70%[32]
2007 Federal Election 60%[33] 64%[33]
2010 Federal Election 62%[34] 68%[34]

Shadow Minister[edit]

In September 2010, shortly after the 2010 Federal Election, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott removed Steven Ciobo from his Shadow Ministry, relegating him to the backbench. Abbott refused to answer questions on the reason for Ciobo’s demotion, other than to say: "There is something of the quality of snakes and ladders about the business of politics."[35] In an article in The Australian, contributing editor Peter van Onselen speculated the reasons for Ciobo's demotion were that "Abbott has never especially gotten along with Ciobo personally" and that Ciobo was "a Malcolm Turnbull lieutenant."[36] Van Onselen said the demotion reflected poorly on Abbott because Ciobo is "talented, a good media performer and part of the next generation in the Liberal Party."[36]

In December 2009, upon his election as the Leader of the Opposition, Abbott had demoted Ciobo from the Shadow Cabinet to the outer ministry to be the Shadow Minister for Tourism and the Arts and the Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport.[37]

He was previously the Shadow Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors, Tourism and the Arts on 22 September 2008 as part of Malcolm Turnbull’s Shadow Cabinet.[38]

Ciobo visits the Oakvale Farm tourist attraction in Port Stephens, New South Wales with local Member Bob Baldwin.

In 2009 Ciobo raised the Government's slow pace in acting on a report recommending reforms to the franchising sector[39] as a Matter of Public Importance in Parliament, saying "I plead on behalf of all those people in the franchising sector for Dr Emerson and this government to start doing something."[39]

He challenged an 11th hour change to the Rudd Government's unfair dismissal checklist, saying it will force many small companies to pay "go away" money to terminated employees with a grievance.[40]

Ciobo said Peter Garrett's move to scrap the Uluru climb would be another setback to the tourism industry which had been hit hard by the global economic downturn.[41]

On 23 November 2009 Ciobo introduced his first Private Member’s Bill as a Shadow Minister. The Bill proposed changes to the Government’s Producer Offset to encourage more local feature film production.[42][43]

He was previously the Shadow Minister for Small Business, the Service Economy and Tourism as part of the first Opposition front bench, led by The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson MP, following the defeat of the Howard Government at the 2007 Federal Election.[44] Nelson promoted Ciobo into the Shadow Ministry despite Ciobo publicly pledging his support for his opponent, Malcolm Turnbull, in the previous month's leadership ballot.[45]

In 2008 Ciobo called the Prime Minister and Treasurer 'wimpish' for failing to get Australian banks to pass on interest rate cuts to small businesses.[46]

He attacked the Rudd Government over Peter Garrett's decision to axe funding for the Australian National Academy of Music, saying the decision was "the latest chapter in bungled Labor decisions that have ended one of Australia's centres of excellence and left students' futures in limbo".[47]

Ciobo has also called for Captain Cook's landing place at Kurnell in Sydney to be upgraded and promoted as a tourism icon.[48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. 29 August 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Mr Steven Ciobo MP, Member for Moncrieff (Qld)". Parliament of Australia Biographies. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ciobo, Steven". The Australian. 25 March 2002. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Mr Steven Ciobo MP". ABC TV Q&A Adventures in Democracy. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c 'Cat or Dog? The political questions that really matter', Q Weekend Magazine, Courier Mail, 14 August 2010
  6. ^ a b c "Is there a Legislator in the house?". ABC The Drum. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Regina King and Peter Flowers (20 December 2008). "Moncrieff MP Steve Ciobo's baby joy". The Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Maiden, Samantha (28 March 2007). "'Update rules on pollies' interests'". The Australian. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Roberts, Greg (12 March 2008). "Hard Right driving Lib poll push". The Australian. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/people-will-be-hurt-says-julie-bishop-ahead-of-unveiling-of-abbott-ministry/story-fn9qr68y-1226719979877
  11. ^ a b http://smc.ministers.treasury.gov.au/ministerial-responsibilities/
  12. ^ http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/estimates/fiscal-treasury-group-housing-and-axing-housing-supply-council
  13. ^ http://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2013/11/08/boosting-productivity-and-delivering-effective-efficient-government
  14. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/24/australian-valuation-office-to-be-scrapped-with-loss-of-200-jobs
  15. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/public-service-jobs-cut-as-ato-closes-australian-valuation-office-20140123-31bp5.html
  16. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/dataroom/canberra-moves-quickly-on-assets-sales/story-fnjw8txa-1226934747854
  17. ^ Ciobo, Steven (24 October 2011). "Card won't stop pokie addicts". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  18. ^ McKay, Danielle (2 May 2011). "Wilkie pokie plan under fire". The Mercury. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Wilkie's Gamble". Four Corners. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  20. ^ Chalmers, Emma (5 October 2010). "Smart cards and limits for poker machines slammed as overkill by Coalition MP". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  21. ^ Lappeman, Suzanne (19 April 2011). "More casinos and glitz the cure for Coast". The Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  22. ^ 'Inside Canberra', Interview with Madonna King, 2 July 2008, http://www.craigemersonmp.com/files/inside-canberra-2-july-08.pdf
  23. ^ Peatling, Stephanie (18 September 2011). "Liberal forced to foot bill in Abbott's war on pairs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  24. ^ "Daylight saving hurts Gold Coast, MP Steven Ciobo says". The Courier-Mail. AAP. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  25. ^ "Inside Canberra with Madonna King". ABC Brisbane. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  26. ^ "Newman rejects daylight saving". The Toowoomba Chronicle. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  27. ^ Grattan, Michelle (27 July 2005). "Call to strip terrorists of citizenship". The Age. with AAP. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  28. ^ "Coalition MP calls for increase in first home buyers' grant". The World Today. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  29. ^ "First home owner grant boost gets industry thumbs up". ABC News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  30. ^ 'Accelerate Your Candidate – Steven Ciobo' http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=F0gLwCLASsA
  31. ^ a b "2001 Official Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  32. ^ a b "2004 Official Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  33. ^ a b "2007 Official Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  34. ^ a b "2010 Official Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  35. ^ "Abbott names Turnbull in new team". The Courier-Mail. AAP. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  36. ^ a b Peter van Onselen (14 September 2010). "Stephen Ciobo's demotion reflects poorly on Tony Abbott". The Australian. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  37. ^ "Reshuffled Liberals on the attack". ABC News. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  38. ^ 'Coalition Shadow Ministry' http://www.liberal.org.au/documents/CoaShadMinList.pdf
  39. ^ a b Sonti, Chalpat (22 June 2009). "'Stop destroying people's lives'". The Age. WAtoday. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  40. ^ "Fury at Rudd Government’s shock change to new unfair dismissal code". Smart Company. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  41. ^ Jamie Walker and Nic White (10 July 2009). "Peter Garrett remains rock solid on Uluru climbing ban". The Australian. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  42. ^ Bodey, Michael (22 November 2009). "Rising dollar puts local studios in dire straits". The Australian. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  43. ^ "Opposition plans Offset overhaul". Inside Film. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  44. ^ "May, Ciobo named in Libs front bench". The Gold Coast Bulletin. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  45. ^ "Liberal heavyweights put hands up for leadership". ABC PM. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  46. ^ "Banks urged to pass on rate cut". Brisbane Times. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  47. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive/news/new-music-school-to-be-truly-national/story-e6frg6no-1111118076847
  48. ^ "Cook's 1770 landing site in need of facelift". The New Zealand Herald. 3 May 2008. [dead link]

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kathy Sullivan
Member for Moncrieff
2001–present
Incumbent