Paul Fletcher MP is the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts in the Australian Government and the Member for Bradfield in the Australian Parliament.
He entered Parliament in December 2009 and became a Minister in 2015, serving in the infrastructure portfolio for three years. In 2018 he entered Cabinet as Minister for Families and Social Services and was appointed to his present role in May 2019.
Paul's communications sector experience includes working as an adviser and ultimately chief of staff to then Minister for Communications and the Arts Richard Alston from 1996 to 2000; working as Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at Optus from 2000 to 2008; and serving as Parliamentary Secretary to then Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull from 2013 to 2015. He has written extensively about communications policy issues, including his 2009 book about broadband, Wired Brown Land.
Paul has dual first class honours degrees in law and economics from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Columbia University in New York where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Paul joined the Liberal Party at age 16 and was active in student politics. He was a champion university debater, twice reaching the finals of the World Universities Debating Championship.