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Malcolm Turnbull was born on 24.10.1954, Sydney, Australia. Malcolm and Lucy have lived in Wentworth all their lives, they raised their family here and know the strength and the diversity of the local community. Malcolm grew up in Vaucluse and Double Bay in the 1950s and 1960s and for much of his childhood, his father, Bruce, was a single parent.

Malcolm was educated at Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Grammar School. Malcolm’s high school education at Sydney Grammar was assisted by a scholarship. Seventeen years ago Malcolm arranged for an additional means tested scholarship to be established at Sydney Grammar in memory of his late father. Malcolm graduated from Sydney University with a BA LLB. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.

Malcolm Turnbull Full Biography

Parliamentary service

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  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Wentworth, New South Wales, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Resigned 31.8.2018.

Ministerial appointments

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 27.1.2006 to 30.1.2007.
  • Minister for the Environment and Water Resources from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.
  • Cabinet Minister from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 24.8.2018.
  • Minister for Communications from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.
  • Prime Minister from 15.9.2015 to 24.8.2018.
  • Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources from 27.10.2017 to 6.12.2017.

Committee service

  • Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.2010 to 24.03.2011.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 01.12.2004 to 11.08.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 01.12.2004 to 09.02.2006; National Broadband Network from 22.03.2011 to 05.08.2013; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.03.2013 to 24.06.2013.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 01.12.2004 to 09.02.2006; Environment and Heritage from 01.12.2004 to 09.02.2006; Health and Ageing from 01.12.2004 to 09.02.2006; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 01.12.2004 to 09.02.2006; Economics from 11.03.2008 to 28.08.2008.
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Parliamentary party positions

  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 1.12.09
  • Shadow Treasurer from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 16.9.08 to 1.12.09
  • Leader of the Opposition from 16.9.08 to 1.12.09
  • Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 14.9.2015 to 24.8.2018

Party positions

  • Director, Menzies Research Centre 2001-04
  • Honorary Federal Treasurer, Liberal Party 2002-03
  • Member, Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) 2002-03
  • Member, Liberal Party Federal Finance Committee 2002-03
  • Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 2002-03


  • Born 24.10.1954, Sydney, Australia.
  • Married

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • B.A (Syd)
  • LL.B (Syd)
  • B.C.L(Hons) (Oxon)
  • Rhodes Scholar (NSW 1978)
  • Journalist 1975-79
  • Barrister and solicitor 1980-83
  • Grazier 1982-2004
  • General Counsel and Secretary, Consolidated Press Holdings Group 1983-85
  • Barrister and solicitor 1986-88
  • Managing Director, Turnbull and Partners Ltd 1987-97
  • Chairman, OzEmail Ltd 1994-99
  • Director, FTR Holdings Ltd 1995-2004
  • Chairman and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Australia 1997-2001
  • Partner, Goldman Sachs and Co 1998-2001


  • Description: Inner Metropolitan
  • Location: eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Clovelly (part), Darlinghurst (part), Darling Point, Dover Heights, Elizabeth Bay, Moore Park, Paddington, Point Piper, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay and Waverley.
  • Area: 38 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 102782 (at 02.07.2016)
  • Industries: finance, property, service, wholesale and retail trade, tourism, education, sport and recreation.


  • Awarded Centenary Medal, 01.01.2001


  • The Spycatcher trial, William Heinemann, Richmond: 1988
  • The reluctant republic, William Heinemann, Port Melbourne: 1993
  • Fighting for the republic: the ultimate insider’s account, Hardie Grant, South Yarra: 1999

– Malcolm Turnbull Biography and Profile (Malcolm Turnbull)

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