Tony Smith (Victorian politician)

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The Honourable
Tony Smith
Shadow Minister for Communications & Broadband
In office
2009–2010
Preceded by Nick Minchin
Succeeded by Malcolm Turnbull
Shadow Minister for Education, Training and Apprenticeships
In office
2007–2008
Preceded by Stephen Smith
Succeeded by Christopher Pyne
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Casey
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Michael Wooldridge
Personal details
Born (1967-03-13) 13 March 1967 (age 48)
Melbourne
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Politician

Anthony David Hawthorn (Tony) Smith (born 13 March 1967) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2001, representing the Division of Casey, Victoria. He was born in Melbourne, to parents Alan Smith, a Chemistry teacher, and Noel Smith, a medical secretary. Smith was the youngest child, with two older sisters: Christine (born 1960) and Heather (born 1962). He was educated first at Kerrimuir Primary School in Box Hill North before attending Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew, and then later at the University of Melbourne, where he was president of the Melbourne University Liberal Club, and is now an honorary life member. Along with Sophie Mirabella he has been one of the strongest advocates for voluntary student unionism in the Parliament[citation needed].

After completing his education, he was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Public Affairs, a conservative think-tank, before becoming first a Media Adviser and then a Senior Political Adviser to Peter Costello, the then Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and Treasurer.

He was interviewed extensively in the ABC documentary The Howard Years.

In parliament[edit]

On 23 January 2007, Smith was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, John Howard. He managed to hold his seat of Casey by a considerable margin at the federal election in November of that year, although the Liberal-National Coalition was defeated. On 22 September 2008, Smith was appointed Shadow Assistant Treasurer by Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull.[1] Smith had previously been Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training[citation needed]. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Communications in a reshuffle which took place on 8 December 2009.[2]

In the new Abbott shadow ministry announced after the August 2010 election, Smith was appointed to the position of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tax Reform and Deputy Chairman, Coalition Policy Development Committee.[3]

When Malcolm Turnbull's hold on the Liberal leadership became terminal it was speculated that Smith was part of a "two-Tony" ticket in which Smith would be the running mate of Tony Abbott in a leadership challenge. Although Abbott successfully challenged Turnbull for the Liberal leadership on 1 December 2009, Smith was not Abbott's running mate, and Julie Bishop remained deputy under Abbott.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Michael Wooldridge
Member for Casey
2001–present
Incumbent