Minister for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Biography

Malcolm Turnbull is Minister for Communications.

Malcolm was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Wentworth in 2004. Prior to this, he had a wide-ranging career working in the private and public sectors.

After graduating from Sydney University with degrees in Arts and Law, Malcolm won a Rhodes scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.

During and after his studies, Malcolm worked as a journalist for The Bulletin, 2SM, Channel Nine and the London Sunday Times. He began legal practice in 1980 and successfully represented former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government in the “Spycatcher” trial.

In 1987 Malcolm established his own investment banking firm and during that time co-founded a number of Australian companies including OzEmail Ltd — one of Australia's first large internet service providers. He joined Goldman Sachs & Co in 1997 as Chairman of its Australian business, becoming a partner of the global firm in 1998.

Malcolm was Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement from 1993 to 2000, which included the 1999 Referendum. He later authored a book about the period, Fighting for the Republic.

Since entering public life, Malcolm has held a number of parliamentary positions including Shadow Treasurer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with responsibility for national water policy and Minister for Environment and Water Resources, where he initiated the Murray Darling Basin reform.

He was Leader of the Opposition from 16 September 2008 to 1 December 2009 and was later Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband.

Malcolm is married to Lucy and they have two adult children, Alex and Daisy, and a grandson, Jack.

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