David Coleman (Australian politician)

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David Coleman
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Banks
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Daryl Melham
Personal details
Born (1974-03-05) 5 March 1974 (age 42)
Camden, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Dotte Derrickson
Children Caroline, Joseph
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Occupation Politician
Profession Management consultant
Website www.aph.gov.au/D_Coleman_MP

David Bernard Coleman (born 5 March 1974) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Banks in New South Wales, since September 2013.[1] He has two children Caroline and Joseph.

Early life and education[edit]

Coleman was born in Camden,[2] a south-western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. He attended primary school at Saint Thomas à Becket primary school in Lewisham; and completed his schooling at the Christian Brothers' High School, also in Lewisham. Coleman studied at the University of New South Wales, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws,[1] and was president of the UNSW Student Guild in 1997.[2]


Before entering politics, Coleman worked for global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co, LookSmart, dStore, and since 2005, in a variety of roles for PBL Media[2] and the Nine Network[3] where he was the director of strategy and digital. Coleman entered Liberal preselection contests for Cook in 2007 and Bradfield in 2010; however was unsuccessful in receiving Liberal endorsement.[1] Prior to his election to Parliament, Coleman held directorships with ninemsm Pty Liimited (2008-13), Australian News Channel Pty Limited (2008-13), and Yellow Brick Road Holdings Limited (2011-13).[2]

At the 2013 federal election Coleman defeated the incumbent Labor member, Daryl Melham, who had held the seat for 23 years. Coleman recorded a two-party preferred swing of 3.28 per cent in his favour;[4] and became the first non-Labor member to hold the seat since the Division of Banks was created in 1949.[5]

Coleman is in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Galinovic, Maria (11 September 2013). "Coleman eager to deliver on commitments". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr David Coleman MP". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "David Coleman Liberal for Banks". Liberal Party of Australia - New South Wales. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "House of Representatives: NSW: Banks". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Coleman, David (19 November 2013). "First speech". Hansard extract. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Statement on Same Sex Marriage'". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Daryl Melham
Member for Banks