Sussan Ley

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The Honourable
Sussan Ley
MP
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Minister for Health
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 December 2014
Preceded by Peter Dutton
Minister for Sport
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 December 2014
Preceded by Peter Dutton
Assistant Minister for Education
In office
18 September 2013 – 23 December 2014
Preceded by Kate Ellis
Succeeded by Simon Birmingham
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Farrer
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Tim Fischer
Personal details
Born (1961-12-14) 14 December 1961 (age 53)
Kano, Nigeria
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party
Children 3
Residence Albury, New South Wales
Alma mater La Trobe University
University of New South Wales
Charles Sturt University
Occupation Aircraft pilot, taxation officer
Website sussanley.com

Sussan Penelope Ley (born 14 December 1961), Australian politician, has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Farrer, New South Wales. Ley was the Assistant Minister for Education in the Abbott government from 18 September 2013[1] until 23 December 2014, when she was appointed Minister for Health.[2][3][4][5][6]

Early years and background[edit]

Ley was born in Kano, Nigeria to English parents. Her family migrated to Australia when she was 13.[7] She was educated at La Trobe University, the University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University, and has masters degrees in taxation and accountancy.

When Ley was 19 she enrolled in flight school and gained her commercial pilot's licence when she was 20. She has been a waitress, cleaner, air traffic controller and commercial pilot, and later a farmer and shearer's cook. She met her future husband while aerial stock-mustering in south-west Queensland. They settled on her husband's family farm in north-east Victoria, and have three children.[8] Ley was Director of Technical Training at the Australian Taxation Office in Albury from 1995 to 2001 before entering politics.[9]

Career[edit]

Ley was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Children and Youth Affairs) in October 2004 and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in January 2006.[10]

Following the 2007 election, Ley was appointed Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for Status of Women by Opposition Leader, Dr Brendan Nelson,[11] moving to Shadow Minister for Customs and Justice when Malcolm Turnbull became Opposition Leader in September 2008.[12]

When Tony Abbott became Opposition Leader in December 2009 she was given the portfolio of Shadow Assistant Treasurer[13] and was moved to Shadow Minister for Employment Participation and Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning after the 2010 election.[14] On 16 September, Ley was appointed Assistant Minister for Education in the Abbott Government, with responsibility for childcare.[15]

As part of a ministerial reshuffle, on 23 December 2014 Ley was promoted to cabinet, to become the Minister for Health.[2][3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". smh.com.au. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Cabinet reshuffle: Tony Abbott promotes Sussan Ley to Health, David Johnston axed". News.com.au. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Chung, Frank (21 December 2014). "The shape of things to come: New Health Minister Sussan Ley’s ‘slush fund’ speech shows she has fight". News.com.au. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Lenore (21 December 2014). "Tony Abbott cabinet reshuffle moves Scott Morrison out of immigration". Guardian Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Tony Abbott's revamped Ministry sworn in at Government House". news.com.au (News Corp Australia). 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Coch, Lukas (23 December 2014). "Sussan Ley sworn in". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Sussan Ley – NSW Migration Heritage Centre – NSW Government
  8. ^ Hutchens, Garth (22 December 2014). "Sussan Ley: From punk rocker to health minister". The Age. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "About Sussan Ley". SusanLey.com. 
  10. ^ "The Hon Sussan Ley MP". Australian Parliament House. 
  11. ^ "The 42nd Parliament - Shadow Ministry 6 December 2007 - 22 September 2008". Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. 
  12. ^ "The 42nd Parliament - Shadow Ministry 22 September 2008 - 23 January 2009". Archived from the original on 2011-06-02. 
  13. ^ "The 42nd Parliament - Shadow Ministry 8 December 2009 - 25 March 2010". Archived from the original on 2011-11-24. 
  14. ^ "The 43rd Parliament - Shadow Ministry 3 March 2011 -". Archived from the original on 2011-12-07. 
  15. ^ "First Abbott ministry announced". Australian Politics. 16 September 2013. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Tim Fischer
Member for Farrer
2001 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Kate Ellis
as Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth
Assistant Minister for Education
2013 – 2014
Succeeded by
Luke Hartsuyker
Preceded by
Peter Dutton
Minister for Health
2014 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peter Dutton
Minister for Sport
2014 – present
Incumbent