Michael Sukkar

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The Honourable
Michael Sukkar
MP
Assistant Minister to the Treasurer
Assumed office
24 January 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Alex Hawke
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Deakin
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Mike Symon
Personal details
Born (1981-09-11) 11 September 1981 (age 35)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Anna Sukkar
Alma mater Deakin University
University of Melbourne
Profession Politician
Lawyer
Website Official website

Michael Sven Sukkar (born 11 September 1981) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since September 2013, representing the Division of Deakin in Victoria for the Liberal Party.[1] He has served as the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer since 24 January 2017.[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Michael Sukkar was born in Ringwood, Victoria. His father was a Lebanese migrant; his mother's father was a Norwegian migrant. Sukkar grew up in Ringwood and attended primary school at Sacred Heart in Croydon and then secondary school at Aquinas College in Ringwood. He completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University in 2004 and Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne in 2010.[3][4]

Sukkar married Anna Duthie in 2010.[5]

Preparliamentary Career[edit]

In 2005 Sukkar worked as a Senior Consultant with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers where he specialised in taxation. From 2006 Sukkar spent seven years working as a tax lawyer with the firm Ashurst Australia (then known as Blake Dawson Waldron), where he was a Senior Associate.[4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

The seat of Deakin was held by the Liberal Party from 1984-2007 but was lost by Phil Barresi to Labor's Mike Symon in 2007. In 2012, Sukkar was endorsed as the Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Deakin. He won Deakin, then the second most marginal seat in Australia, at the 2013 election with a swing to the Liberal Party of 3.8%.[6]

In his maiden speech, Sukkar declared "strength in our local community is not achieved through government mandate, regulation or handouts, but from the principles of looking after your neighbour and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you."[4]

At the 2016 federal election, Sukkar increased his margin by 2.5% and had the Liberal Party's best result in Victoria.[3]

On 24 January 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Sukkar to the Ministry as Assistant Minister to the Treasurer.[2] Sukkar has previously served on a number of parliamentary committees, including being the Chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.[4]

Sukkar was also given responsibility for addressing housing affordability.[7]

In June 2017 Sukkar, Greg Hunt, and Alan Tudge faced the possibility of being prosecuted for contempt of court after they made public statements criticising the inadequate sentencing of terrorist offenders in Victoria.[8][9] They avoided prosecution by, eventually, making an unconditional apology to the Victorian Court of Appeal.[10]

Political views[edit]

In his maiden speech, Sukkar categorised himself as an "economic liberal", with "strong conservative foundations". He credited his Catholic faith as being one of the two most significant influences in his life, with family being the other.[4] Sukkar made an election promise in 2013 not to vote for same-sex marriage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Sukkar Candidate for Deakin". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "New federal ministers officially sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Electorate: Deakin". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "First Speech". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Michael Sukkar". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Deakin Results". Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  7. ^ ""Sukkar to tackle housing affordability"". 21 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge, Michael Sukkar face contempt charge". Financial Review. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  9. ^ Hutchens, Gareth (2017-06-14). "Greg Hunt declines to say if he'll be in court for hearing over potential contempt charges". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  10. ^ Wahlquist, Calla (23 June 2017). "Coalition ministers will not face contempt charges after court accepts apology". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Mike Symon
Member for Deakin
2013–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
vacant
Assistant Minister to the Treasurer
2017–present
Incumbent