Michaelia Cash

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Michaelia Cash
Michaelia Cash March 2014.jpg
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education
Assumed office
28 August 2018
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byCraig Laundy as (Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation)
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
In office
20 December 2017 – 23 August 2018
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded by
Succeeded byKelly O'Dwyer (as Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations)
Minister for Employment &
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service
In office
21 September 2015 – 20 December 2017
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded byEric Abetz
Succeeded byHerself (as Minister for Jobs and Innovation)
Minister for Women
In office
21 September 2015 – 20 December 2017
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded byTony Abbott
Succeeded byKelly O'Dwyer
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
In office
18 September 2013[a] – 21 September 2015
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded byJulie Collins (as Minister for Women)
Succeeded byHerself (as Minister for Women)
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded byKate Lundy
Succeeded byJames McGrath
Senator for Western Australia
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Preceded byRoss Lightfoot
Personal details
Born
Michaelia Clare Cash

(1970-07-19) 19 July 1970 (age 48)
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Richard Price
ParentsGeorge Cash
Alma mater

Michaelia Clare Cash (born 19 July 1970) is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for Western Australia since July 2008, representing the Liberal Party. She is the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education in the Morrison Government, having previously been the Minister for Jobs and Innovation in the Turnbull Government, and before that Minister for Employment and Minister for Women from September 2015 to December 2017.

Background and early career[edit]

Cash is the daughter of Samuel Ernest "George" Cash and was born in the Perth suburb of Subiaco in Western Australia. She was educated at Iona Presentation College in Mosman Park.[1]

Cash graduated from Curtin University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts with a triple major in public relations, politics, and journalism.[2] She also holds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of London and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Western Australia.[3]

Cash is a long-standing member of the Liberal Party of WA. She was an executive member of the Curtin University Young Liberals from 1988 to 1990 and then the Western Australian Young Liberal Movement where she held numerous positions including State Vice-President. She was a long-time member of the Liberal Party of Western Australia’s State Council and was the President of the Moore Division. She has also served on the Party's state executive.

Prior to her political career, Cash was a solicitor with the law firm Freehills where she worked from 1999 to 2008. She practised in all areas of employment and industrial law including industrial relations, employee relations, occupational health and safety, equal opportunity, executive employment and unfair dismissal.[4]

Political career[edit]

Cash won preselection for the Liberal Party Senate ticket in 2007 and went on to be elected to the Federal Parliament at the 2007 federal election. She contested the election as the number three candidate of the Liberal Senate ticket in Western Australia.

Since entering Federal Parliament Cash has served on many Senate Committees and was also a Temporary Chair of Committees between February and September 2010. In September 2010, while in opposition, Cash was promoted to the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration. At this time Cash was also appointed Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.

After the election of the Abbott Government in September 2013, Cash was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, as well as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women. Following a leadership change that led to the formation of the Turnbull Government, Cash was sworn in on 21 September 2015 as the Minister for Employment, the Minister for Women, and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service.[5][6]

In October 2017, the Australian Workers' Union offices were raided by the Australian Federal Police, and media were tipped off prior to the event. Cash advised the Senate Estimates that a staffer of hers found out about the raid from "a media source" and then spread the word to more journalists, having previously denied that her office had any involvement.[7] The staffer in question resigned, but his phone was still active after his resignation.[8] Cash has been ordered to turn over any documents in her department relating to the raid.[9] Cash misled Senate Estimates previously by saying her office had no role in alerting the media about the AWU raids which was shown to be false the following day at Senate Estimates.[10] Cash's legal fees for her response to a federal court subpoena will be paid for through taxpayer funding.[11]

In a December 2017 ministerial reshuffle, Cash was appointed to the new position of Minister for Jobs and Innovation.[12] The employment portfolio was abolished, while Kelly O'Dwyer assumed responsibility for both the Women and Public Service portfolios.[13]

Cash has been criticised for refusing to release a report into a 18 year old who died while on a Work for the Dole assignment in April 2016. At the time, Cash promised to release the report within a month, as of April 2018 the final report was not completed, and an internal report to Cash completed in September 2016 had not been released.[14]

Cash offered her resignation from the frontbench on 22 August 2018, during the events of the Liberal Party of Australia leadership spill, 2018.[15]

Personal[edit]

Cash is married to Richard Price, a barrister and the brother of late political journalist Matt Price. She is the daughter of former Western Australian state MP, Minister and President of the Legislative Council, George Cash {{post-nominals|country

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cash served as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, while Prime Minister Abbott held the portfolio of Minister for Women, until 21 September 2015 following a leadership spill, when Prime Minister Turnbull appointed Cash as Minister for Women.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clark, Andrew (8 January 2016). "It will take the strength of a Margaret Thatcher-like figure to reform IR". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ Jauk, Daniel (6 October 2015). "Curtin graduate appointed Minister for Women and Minister for Employment". Curtin University. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ Williams, Azadeh (April 5, 2016). "Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Senator Michaelia Cash's Journey From Lawyer to Workplace Reformer". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Senator Michaelia Cash's Journey From Lawyer to Workplace Reformer". Legal Insight. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull announces new Cabinet in 'process of renewal', drops Joe Hockey, Eric Abetz". ABC. Australia. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle:Who's going where?". ABC. Australia. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Michaelia Cash's Office Tipped-Off Media About AFP Raids, And A Staffer Has Now Resigned". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Rebel Wilson's Lawyer Is Part Of The Court Case About Michaelia Cash's Office And The Union Raids". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Michaelia Cash Will Be Forced To Hand Over Any Documents About Leaks Of AWU Police Raids". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Michaelia Cash admits staffer told media about federal police raids on AWU offices; Labor calls for her head". Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  11. ^ Karp, Paul (19 June 2018). "Taxpayers to foot legal bill for Michaelia Cash's union raid court case". the Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  12. ^ Turnbull, Malcolm (19 December 2017). "Ministerial Arrangements" (Press release). Government of Australia. Retrieved 3 February 2018. Senator Michaelia Cash will become Minister for Jobs and Innovation, charged with harnessing the policies of the government to create more jobs and job opportunities. Senator Cash will be a key part of the Government’s economic team working to deliver on our commitment of more jobs, more investment, and stronger economic growth.
  13. ^ "Jobs and innovation a good fit for Cash". The Australian. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Michaelia Cash Could Be Forced To Release Report Into Work For The Dole Death". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  15. ^ Sweeney, Lucy; Belot, Henry (23 August 2018). "Malcolm Turnbull faces fresh leadership challenge from Peter Dutton". ABC News (Australia).

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ross Lightfoot
Senator for Western Australia
2008–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Herself
as Minister for Employment
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
2017–present
Incumbent
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Arthur Sinodinos
as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
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Eric Abetz
Minister for Employment
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Herself
as Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Kelly O'Dwyer
Preceded by
Herself
as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
Minister for Women
2015–2017
Preceded by
Julie Collins
as Minister For The Status of Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Herself
as Minister for Women
Preceded by
Jason Clare
as Minister for Home Affairs
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Portfolio abolished
Preceded by
Kate Lundy
as Minister for Multicultural Affairs