Julian Leeser

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Julian Leeser

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Berowra
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded byPhilip Ruddock
Personal details
Born (1976-05-25) 25 May 1976 (age 43)
Sydney, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
ResidencePennant Hills, New South Wales
EducationCranbrook School, Sydney
Alma mater
ProfessionLawyer and politician

Julian Martin Leeser (born 25 May 1976) is an Australian politician, who has represented the Division of Berowra since the 2016 Australian election, succeeding long-serving former MP Philip Ruddock.[1]

Between 1995 and 1999, Leeser sat on Woollahra Council. At the time, he was the youngest local councillor ever elected in Australia.[2] In 1999 he served as a member of Prime Minister John Howard's No campaign during the republic referendum. In 2000, he was an associate to Justice Ian Callinan of the High Court of Australia.[3]

Leeser worked as an adviser for Minister for Workplace Relations Tony Abbott in 2001 and for Philip Ruddock between 2004 and 2006. He worked as a solicitor for Mallesons Stephen Jaques between 2002 and 2004. In 2006 he joined the Menzies Research Centre as Executive Director, before becoming Director of Government Policy & Strategy at the Australian Catholic University in July 2012.[4][5]

Leeser has written several articles defending the legacy of Prime Minister William McMahon,[6][7] as well as an obituary of his wife Sonia for The Australian.[8] He authored McMahon's entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography,[9] and as of 2016 was working on a full-length biography.[10]


  1. ^ Federal election 2016: Julian Leeser wins Liberal Party preselection for seat of Berowra Hills News 18 April 2016
  2. ^ Liberal candidate Julian Leeser follows in the footsteps of neighbour and political giant Philip Ruddock. Retrieved 3 July 2016
  3. ^ "Julian Leeser Wins Liberal Preselection For Berowra; Succeeds Philip Ruddock | AustralianPolitics.com". australianpolitics.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  4. ^ Julian Leeser Archived 22 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Mercy Health
  5. ^ Julian Lesser to head government relations at ACU Australian Catholic University August 2012
  6. ^ Julia has nothing on Billy, The Spectator, 11 February 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ How McMahon was beaten by Whitlam and the Coalition, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 January 2003. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  8. ^ Gracious, stylish and steadfast, The Australian, 5 April 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  9. ^ McMahon, Sir William (Billy) (1908–1988), Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2012.
  10. ^ ABC Guide to the Federal Election 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Jason Bryant
Executive Director of Menzies Research Centre
Succeeded by
Professor Donald Markwell
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Philip Ruddock
Member for Berowra
Succeeded by