Andrew Bragg

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Andrew Bragg
Senator for New South Wales
Assumed office
1 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1984-07-11) 11 July 1984 (age 35)
Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal
OccupationAccountant, manager

Andrew James Bragg (born 11 July 1984)[1] is an Australian politician who was elected as a Senator for New South Wales at the 2019 federal election. He is a member of the Liberal Party.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bragg was born in Melbourne[1] and grew up in Shepparton, Victoria.[3] He played for the Congupna Football Club.[4] He attended local Catholic schools before going on to study accounting at the Australian National University.[3] Bragg's father and three of his grandparents were born in the United Kingdom, and he was a British citizen by descent until renouncing it in December 2017.[1]

Career[edit]

After working at Ernst & Young for a period,[5] Bragg joined the Financial Services Council and worked in senior policy roles for seven years.[3] In November 2016 he became the policy director of the Menzies Research Centre, a Liberal Party think tank.[6] He became the executive director of the Business Council of Australia in August 2017.[7]

Politics[edit]

Prior to the 2016 federal election, Bragg was an unsuccessful Liberal preselection candidate for both the Senate ticket in New South Wales and the Division of Murray in Victoria.[3][4]

In April 2017, following the resignation of Tony Nutt, Bragg was appointed as the acting federal director of the Liberal Party. He was considered an ally of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. However, he was not chosen to fill the position permanently.[3] Later in the year, he was the national director of the Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.[5]

Bragg was a candidate for Liberal preselection at the 2018 Wentworth by-election, caused by Turnbull's retirement from parliament. He was considered the frontrunner for a period, but withdrew from the race due to concerns that the preselection of a male candidate would be poorly received. He stated that "the Liberal Party should preselect a woman and my withdrawal can pave the way".[8]

In 2018, Bragg won preselection on the Coalition's Senate ticket.[9] He was elected to the Senate at the 2019 federal election.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Qualification checklist" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Senate Results". ABC News. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Knott, Matthew (28 April 2017). "Andrew Bragg: Can an inexperienced 32-year-old save the Liberal Party?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Andrew Bragg seeks preselection in Murray". The Weekly Times. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Meet Andrew". NSW Liberals. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Andrew Bragg firms as Liberals' federal director". The Australian Financial Review. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Andrew Bragg". Connor Court Publishing. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Wentworth frontrunner Andrew Bragg pulls out, says Liberal Party must preselect woman". ABC News. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Surprise Liberal preselection result spells end of Jim Molan's Senate career". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 November 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2019.