Stuart Ayres

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The Honourable
Stuart Ayres
MP
Stuart Ayres 2015.jpg
Ayres at CeBit Australia, May 2015
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Penrith
Assumed office
19 June 2010
Preceded by Karyn Paluzzano
Majority 6.5 points (2015)
Minister for Western Sydney
Assumed office
30 January 2017
Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded by Mike Baird
Minister for WestConnex
Assumed office
30 January 2017
Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded by new title
Minister for Sport
Assumed office
23 April 2014
Premier Mike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded by Gabrielle Upton
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
In office
2 April 2015 – 30 January 2017
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by Troy Grant (as Minister for Trade and Investment and as Minister for Tourism and Major Events)
Succeeded by Niall Blair (as Minister for Trade and Industry)
Adam Marshall (as Minister for Tourism and Major Events)
Minister for Fair Trading
In office
9 December 2013 – 6 May 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell; Mike Baird
Preceded by Anthony Roberts
Succeeded by Matthew Mason-Cox
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney
In office
9 December 2013 – 2 April 2015
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by new portfolio
Succeeded by portfolio abolished
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
In office
6 May 2014 – 2 April 2015
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by Mike Gallacher
Succeeded by Troy Grant (as Minister for Justice and Police)
Personal details
Born (1980-11-24) 24 November 1980 (age 36)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Domestic partner Marise Payne
Residence Leonay, New South Wales[citation needed]
Profession Marketing manager
Website Website

Stuart Laurence Ayres MP (born 24 November 1980[1]), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Sport since April 2014, the Minister for WestConnex and the Minister for Western Sydney since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government.[2] Ayres is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 19 June 2010, representing the electorate of Penrith as a member of the Liberal Party of Australia. Ayres has previously served as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events between 2015 and 2017;[3] and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services during 2014 and 2015; the Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney between 2013 and 2015;[4][5] and the Minister for Fair Trading between 2011 and 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Ayres was born to a father serving in the Australian Defence Force which resulted in his moving all over the country until settling in Penrith in 1993. He was educated at St Dominic's College in Kingswood.[7] He is the partner of federal Liberal Senator Marise Payne.[8]

Early career[edit]

Ayres graduated in 1999 with a degree in sports business from the Australian College of Physical Education and worked as a development officer for the Australian Football League before joining the staff of the member for Lindsay, Jackie Kelly, in her capacity as the then Minister for Sport and Tourism and the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.[9]

Ayres was an account executive for Austereo (2DayFM and Triple M radio stations), and returned to the Australian College of Physical Education in 2008, initially as student recruitment manager and then later as director of marketing and business development.[9]

Ayres has been heavily involved in the administration of local sport in Western Sydney where he has been a board member of the Penrith Australian Football Club for 10 years and was also the founding secretary of the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation.[9]

New South Wales state political career[edit]

Ayres was elected at the Penrith State by-election on 19 June 2010,[10] receiving 66.3% of the two-party-preferred vote.[11] Ayres took the previously safe Labor seat on a 25.7-point swing—the largest swing against a sitting government in New South Wales history. This turned Penrith into a safe Liberal seat at one stroke. Indeed, Ayres' primary-vote margin was enough to win the seat without the need for preferences.[12] Like his partner Marise Payne, Ayres is a republican. In his maiden speech to parliament he voiced his support for Australia to have an Australian head of state and become a republic.[13]

Following his re-election in March 2011, Ayres was elected to the position of deputy government whip in the NSW Legislative Assembly. Since then, he was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport and appointed as the Premier's Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney. In December 2013, Ayres was appointed as the Minister for Fair Trading and as the Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney.[14] Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[15] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[4] in April 2014 in addition to his existing ministerial responsibilities, Ayres was appointed Minister for Sport and Recreation, and appointed as a member of Cabinet.[16] Following the resignation of Mike Gallacher in May 2014, Ayres gained the portfolio of Police and Emergency Services and lost the portfolio of Fair Trading.[5][6] Following the 2015 state election, Ayres was sworn in as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and the Minister for Sport on 2 April 2015 as a member of the second Baird government.[3] In the Berejiklian ministry, Ayres was appointed as the Minister for Western Sydney, the Minister for WestConnex, and the Minister for Sport,[2] with effect from 30 January 2017.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures – Youngest Members of the NSW Legislative Assembly". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Vukovic, Dom; Gerathy, Sarah; McDonald, Philippa (29 January 2017). "NSW Cabinet reshuffle: Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces big changes to front bench". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Hasham, Nicole (6 May 2014). "Stuart Ayres shines on first day as Police Minister". The Age. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "The Hon. Stuart Laurence AYRES, MP". Current members of parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "About Stuart". Stuart Ayres. Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "2010 Penrith by-election". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c "Administrative Staff – Profiles". ACPE website. Australian College of Physical Education. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Liberals claim Penrith". The Daily Telegraph. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "2010 Penrith by-election – Results". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Libs claim victory in Penrith". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Woolley, Rebecca (9 September 2010). "Penrith Liberal MP Stuart Ayres revives republic". Penrith Press. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Gerathy, Sarah (9 December 2013). "Anthony Roberts appointed NSW Resources, Energy and Special Minister for State". ABC News. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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Preceded by
Karyn Paluzzano
Member for Penrith
2010 – present
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Preceded by
Gabrielle Upton
Minister for Sport
2014 – present
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2017 – present
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Troy Grant
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Niall Blair
as Minister for Trade and Industry
Succeeded by
Adam Marshall
as Minister for Tourism and Major Events
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Anthony Roberts
Minister for Fair Trading
2013 – 2014
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