Sharman Stone

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The Honourable
Dr Sharman Stone
Sharman Stone 2014.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Murray
Assumed office
2 March 1996
Preceded by Bruce Lloyd
Minister for Workforce Participation
In office
27 January 2006 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Peter Dutton
Succeeded by Brendan O'Connor
Personal details
Born (1951-04-23) 23 April 1951 (age 64)
Pyramid Hill, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater Monash University
La Trobe University
Occupation Farmer

Dr. Sharman Nancy Stone (née Bawden; born 23 April 1951) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1996, representing the Division of Murray, Victoria. She was born in Pyramid Hill, Victoria, the daughter of Harvey Bawden and Nancy Chalmers, and was educated at Monash University, where she earned a PhD, and La Trobe University. She was Manager of International Development at the University of Melbourne, Director of Communications at the Victorian Farmers Federation, and a farmer before entering politics.

Stone was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage in October 1998. Following the re-election of the Howard Government in October 2004, she became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration. On 27 January 2006 she was appointed Minister for Workforce Participation, succeeding Peter Dutton.

After the defeat of the Howard Government in November 2007, Stone took up the role of Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs. Following Malcolm Turnbull's defeat of Brendan Nelson for the leadership of the Liberal Party, and the retirement of Senator Chris Ellison, Stone became Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in the subsequent reshuffle.

She is an author of numerous publications on race relations, environment and geology (with Doug Stone) amongst others, including Aborigines in White Australia (London and Melbourne, 1974).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Dutton
Minister for Workforce Participation
Succeeded by
Brendan O'Connor
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bruce Lloyd
Member for Murray