Paul Fletcher (politician)
|Minister for Families and Social Services|
|Assumed office |
28 August 2018
|Prime Minister||Scott Morrison|
|Preceded by||Dan Tehan|
|Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities|
19 July 2016 – 27 August 2018
|Prime Minister||Malcolm Turnbull|
|Preceded by||Jamie Briggs|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects|
21 September 2015 – 16 July 2017
27 October 2017 – 20 December 2017
|Prime Minister||Malcolm Turnbull|
|Preceded by||Fiona Nash|
|Succeeded by||John McVeigh|
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
5 December 2009
|Preceded by||Brendan Nelson|
Paul William Fletcher
16 January 1965
Devizes, England, United Kingdom
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
Paul William Fletcher (born 16 January 1965) is an Australian politician, currently serving as Minister for Families and Social Services. Fletcher has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Bradfield, since his election to parliament at the 2009 Bradfield by-election.
Fletcher served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications between September 2013 and September 2015 in the Abbott Ministry, and between September 2015 and July 2016, he served as the Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government. He briefly served as the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects between October and December 2017. He served as Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities from July 2016 to August 2018 in the Second Turnbull Ministry and Morrison Ministry.
Background and early career
Fletcher attended Sydney Grammar School, before going on to earn first-class honours degrees in economics and law from the University of Sydney. In 1993 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to go to Columbia University's Graduate School of Business in New York City, where he completed a Master of Business Administration degree.
In his early career, Fletcher worked as a management consultant, a corporate lawyer for Mallesons Stephen Jaques, and a corporate strategist for TNT Limited. From 1996 to 2000, he worked as Chief of Staff to Minister for Communications Richard Alston, a Liberal Party politician. Fletcher joined Optus in 2000 and worked as Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs until 2008. He then founded Fletchergroup Advisers, a strategy consultancy focusing on the communications industry. He also wrote a book entitled Wired Brown Land? Telstra's Battle for Broadband that was published in 2009, discussing Telstra's bid to operate the Australian Government's proposed National Broadband Network.
Fletcher was selected from a field of 17 people to be the Liberal Party candidate, following the retirement of former Liberal leader Brendan Nelson. Bradfield, a seat located in the North Shore of Sydney, has been held continuously by the Liberal Party since its creation in 1949, and is one of the safest Liberal Party seats in Parliament. He was required to renounce his dual British citizenship prior to entering Parliament, as required by Section 44 of the Constitution of Australia. Fletcher had previously unsuccessfully sought Liberal Party pre-selection in the Division of Cook in 2007.
Under the Abbott government, Fletcher was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications. In September 2015 Fletcher was appointed as the Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government in the Turnbull government. Fletcher has served as the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities since July 2016.
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- Australian Parliament House biography
- Paul Fletcher's campaign website for the Bradfield by-election 2009
- Australian Telecommunications Users Group biography
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Bradfield
as Minister for Urban Infrastructure
| Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities
as Minister for Regional Development
| Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects
as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
|New ministerial post|| Minister for Major Projects,
Territories, and Local Government
as Minister for Territories and Local Government