|Senator The Honourable
21 September 2015
|Prime Minister||Malcolm Turnbull|
|Preceded by||Position Established|
18 September 2013 – 19 December 2014
|Prime Minister||Tony Abbott|
|Preceded by||David Bradbury|
|Succeeded by||Josh Frydenberg|
|Senator for New South Wales|
2 November 2011
|Preceded by||Helen Coonan|
25 February 1957
Newcastle, New South Wales
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of Newcastle|
Arthur Sinodinos AO (born 25 February 1957 in Newcastle, New South Wales), an Australian politician, is a Liberal member of the Senate representing New South Wales since 2011. Sinodinos was the Assistant Treasurer in the Abbott Ministry. He stepped aside from his ministerial duties during an investigation by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), although he still formally held the position until he officially resigned on 19 December 2014. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, he was a senior public servant and investment banker. He re-entered Cabinet as its Secretary on 21 September 2015 when he was appointed by Malcolm Turnbull.
Background and early career
Born in Australia to Greek immigrants, Sinodinos was raised in Newcastle. His father was a member of the left-aligned Seaman's Union that, during Sinodinos' early years, was campaigning against the United States intervention in Vietnam. His mother recalled stories of the Greek Civil War of the 1940s where Communist insurgents would knock on the door of their family home at night. Sinodinos claims that this helped him form his early political views.
Sinodinos graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1979 with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours. He then entered the Australian Public Service as a graduate recruit, working within the Department of Finance, before working in the Department of the Treasury between 1980 and 1987 and again between 1989 and 1995.
He was the Chief of Staff to the then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard from 1997 to 2006, after serving with him previously from 1987 to 1989 when he was Opposition Leader and rejoining him in 1995. As a close confidant of the Prime Minister, he was regarded as one of the most powerful people in the country.
He left to become a director with the investment bank Goldman Sachs JBWere, and became the Regional general manager, Business and Private Bank at National Australia Bank; reportedly declining an offer to become Australian Ambassador to the United States. In 2008, he was part of a panel that mediated public input into the Defence White Paper. In March 2009, he was appointed managing director for Government, Education and Carbon Solutions, Institutional Banking, Business Banking Australia at the National Australia Bank.
Sinodinos served as honorary Finance Director (2009 to 2011) and President (2011-2012) for the NSW branch of the Liberal Party. Initially touted as a candidate for the lower house seat of Bradfield, on 2 November 2011 Sinodinos was appointed to the Australian Senate representing New South Wales, replacing the resigned Liberal Senator Helen Coonan for the remainder of her term, which was due to expire on 30 June 2014. At the 2013 election he was elected to a further six-year term from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2020. Howard was present in Parliament when Sinodinos delivered his maiden speech.
Senator Sinodinos was a Member of the Board of Global Panel Foundation – Australasia – a respected NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world. The Australasia Chair is the Rt. Hon. Sir Don McKinnon, former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and Commonwealth Secretary General, and the vice-chair is Hon. Phillip Ruddock, Father of the Australian Parliament and former Australian Attorney General. The Global Panel Foundation has offices and satellites in Berlin, Copenhagen, New York, Prague, Sydney and Toronto.
On 19 March 2014, Sinodinos stood aside from his role as Assistant Treasurer prior to giving evidence as a witness before ICAC. During the enquiry Sinodinos advised he was unaware of a $74,000 donation made to the Liberal Party by Australian Water Holdings, despite being Deputy Chairman, with a $200,000 salary. At the time of the payment Sinodinos was also Treasurer of the Liberal Party. He formally resigned on 19 December 2014 as Assistant Treasurer and was succeeded as Assistant Treasurer by Josh Frydenberg.
Sinodinos was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to politics through the executive function of government, to the development of economic policy and reform, and to the Greek community.
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