Mitch Fifield

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Senator The Honourable
Mitch Fifield
Mitch Fifield.jpg
Minister for Communications
Assumed office
21 September 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for the Arts
Assumed office
21 September 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by George Brandis
Manager of Government Business in the Senate
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Jacinta Collins
Assistant Minister for Social Services
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Office Abolished
Senator for Victoria
Assumed office
31 March 2004
Preceded by Richard Alston
Personal details
Born (1967-01-16) 16 January 1967 (age 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal
Domestic partner Mari Dunic
Children 2
Profession Policy advisor
Website www.mitchfifield.com

Mitchell Peter "Mitch" Fifield (born 16 January 1967) is an Australian politician. He is a member of the Australian Senate representing the state of Victoria for the Liberal Party since March 2004. Fifield served as the Assistant Minister for Social Services and the Manager of Government Business in the Senate in the Abbott Government from 18 September 2013,[1][2] then became the Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts while retaining his role as Manager of Government Business, in the Turnbull Government from 21 September 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Fifield was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of two bank employees,[3] and was educated at Barker College and the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.[4] Between 1985 and 1987, Fifield served for three years in the Australian Army Reserve Psychology Corps.[4]

Between 1988 to 1992, Fifield was a Senior Research Officer to the NSW Minister for Transport and Sydney's Olympic Bid, Bruce Baird; a Policy Advisor to the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations, National's MP John Anderson during 1992; a Senior Policy Adviser to the Victorian Minister for Transport, Alan Brown from 1992 to 1996; and Senior Political Adviser to the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, from 1996 to 2003.[4]

Since 1996, Fifield held a number of Liberal Party positions, including being a delegate to the Liberal Party Victorian State Council, since 1996; a delegate to the Liberal Party Policy Assembly, in 1996 and since 2004; a delegate to the Liberal Party Goldstein Electorate Council, between 1995 and 2003.

Parliamentary career[edit]

On 31 March 2004, Fifield was appointed by the Parliament of Victoria under section 15 of the Australian Constitution to fill the casual vacancy in the Australian Senate caused by the resignation in February 2004 of Richard Alston. Fifield was re-elected at the 2007 federal election.[4] After the 2010 election, Fifield was appointed the Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.[5]

Throughout his political career, Fifield has been an advocate of voluntary student unionism, as well as allowing women to serve on the front lines of the Australian Defence Force.[6] Along with Andrew Robb, he is also the co-publisher of The Party Room, a journal designed to promote new policy discussion within the Federal Coalition.[6][7] Fifield has opposed federal money being spent on cycling infrastructure, and objected to part of the Rudd Government's $42 billion stimulus package being used for new cycleways and home insulation: "I don't think Bradford batts and bike paths is serious economic infrastructure. Call me crazy, but I don't think it is."[8]

Following the 2013 federal election Fifield was appointed to the Abbott Ministry as the Assistant Minister for Social Services and the Manager of Government Business in the Senate.[2]

Fifield replaced the current Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, as Minister for Communications, in September, 2015. He is currently deeply embroiled in a major Australian political controversy concerning his knowledge of police raids on his Opposition counterpart, Senator Stephen Conroy in the course of an election campaign, over leaks about alleged failures of the current Australian Prime Minister with respect to shortcomings of Australian internet infrastructure when Malcolm Turnbull was Minister for the same portfolio.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "First Speech – Mitch Fifield, Senator for Victoria". Australian Senate Hansard. Parliament of Australia. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Biography for Mitchell (Mitch) Peter Fifield". Members and Senators. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.aph.gov.au/Library/parl/43/Shadow/index.htm
  6. ^ a b Coorey, Phillip (2 October 2006). "MP fights to let women in close combat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Robb, Andrew; Fifield, Mitch (June 2010). "Issue 8, Winter 2010" (PDF). The Party Room. Andrew Robb and Mitch Fifield. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Friday Forum with Mitch Fifield and Mark Arbib". Lateline: ABC TV. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-21/shorten-questions-whether-fifield-told-pm-of-nbn-leak-probe/7434432

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Richard Alston
Senator for Victoria
2004–present
Incumbent
Political offices
New ministry Assistant Minister for Social Services
2013–2015
Ministry abolished
Preceded by
George Brandis
Minister for the Arts
2015–present
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Minister for Communications
2015–present