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Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government

About Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO

Arthur Sinodinos first entered the Australian Senate in October 2011 and was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in September 2012, a position he held until the election of the Abbott Government. He served as Assistant Treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014.

From September 2015 to January 2017, Minister Sinodinos served as Cabinet Secretary in the Turnbull Government. In this role, Minister Sinodinos was a Cabinet-level minister assisting the Prime Minister in ensuring the proper process and functioning of the Government.

On 24 January 2017, Minister Sinodinos was sworn in as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. The Minister comes to the portfolio with the goal of developing an innovation ecosystem that drives productivity and creates the jobs of the future. One of the Minister’s key focuses in this space is to encourage a culture of collaboration – between industry, researchers and academia – in order to develop brilliant Australian ideas into commercial realities.

Minister Sinodinos is known for his open, consultative approach, and for his focus on substantive topics affecting Australia’s increasingly complex economic and financial landscape.

He is an expert on public policy, financial markets and economics, reflecting his experience gained through previous roles as an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury and Department of Finance. He worked for former Prime Minister John Howard, whilst he was Opposition Leader as his Senior Economic Adviser from 1987-89, and again in 1995-96.

In 1997, Minister Sinodinos became Prime Minister Howard’s Chief of Staff, a position he held for nine years. In 2006 he went to work with Goldman Sachs JBWere and then the National Australia Bank and various corporate appointments.

Minister Sinodinos was a member of various pro-bono boards including: the Mary MacKillop Foundation, a charity which funds ‘small life changing projects’ for the underprivileged; the Aboriginal Employment Strategy Pty Ltd; the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; and the Australian Institute of Management.

In 2008, Minister Sinodinos was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to politics through the executive function of government, to the development of economic policy and reform, and to the Greek community. He returned to politics in October 2011, when he succeeded Liberal Senator Helen Coonan from NSW.

In December 2011, the then Opposition Leader Mr Abbott announced the creation of the Coalition Deregulation Taskforce to cut Government red and green tape by $1billion a year and appointed Minister Sinodinos as chairman of the taskforce.

Minister Sinodinos has served as a member of the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee, Senate Education and Employment References Committee, Senate Environment and Communication Committee, and Senate National Broadband Network Select Committee.

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