Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

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Senator The Honourable
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Portrait 2015.jpg
Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Assumed office
18 February 2016 (2016-02-18)
Preceded by Steven Ciobo
Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by -
Succeeded by Craig Laundy
Senator for New South Wales
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by John Tierney
Personal details
Born (1960-05-20) 20 May 1960 (age 57)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) John Wells
Alma mater Australian National University
Profession Solicitor

Concetta Anna Fierravanti-Wells (born 20 May 1960) is an Australian politician. She is a Senator for the state of New South Wales representing the Liberal Party since May 2005. Fierravanti-Wells is the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, since February 2016 in the Turnbull Government.[1] She has previously served as the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs between September 2015 and February 2016. Fierravanti-Wells was elected to the Senate at the 2004 federal election.

Background and early career[edit]

Fierravanti-Wells was born in Wollongong, New South Wales.[2] Both her parents were Italian immigrants born in Calitri in the Province of Avellino.[3][4] She was educated at the Australian National University. She was a Legal Officer, Australian Government Solicitor, Canberra 1984-86, Legal Officer, then Senior Legal Officer, Australian Government Solicitor, Sydney 1986-90 and Acting Principal Legal Officer, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service 1990. She was a Policy Advisor to Jim Carlton, then Shadow Minister for Policy Co-ordination and Development 1990-1993, and Senior Private Secretary to John Fahey, then Premier of New South Wales, 1993- 1994. She was a Senior Lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor in Sydney 1994-2004.[5]

Political career[edit]

Fierravanti-Wells has been a member of the Federal Council of the Liberal Party; is an active member of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy; and is on the committee of a new Liberal Party publication, The Conservative.[citation needed] She opposes same-sex marriage and adoption, claiming in a 2012 interview that many LGBT people do not "even intend on staying in a monogamous relationship".[6]

Normally she would have taken her seat on 1 July 2005, however following the resignation of Senator John Tierney in April (his term was due to expire on 30 June), Fierravanti-Wells was appointed to the resulting vacancy, and took her seat on 5 May.

Prior to the 2013 federal election, she was the Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Ageing; and was appointed to the Abbott Ministry as the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Services from September 2013. During the Turnbull cabinet re-shuffle, Fierravanti-Wells was appointed as Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, an outer ministry position.[7]

On 13 February 2016, it was announced that Fierravanti-Wells would be appointed Minister for International Development and the Pacific following a rearrangement in the First Turnbull Ministry.[8]


External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Tierney
Senator for New South Wales
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Ciobo
Minister for International Development and the Pacific