Mitch Fifield Biography
Mitch Fifield Bio
|Mitchell Peter Fifield was born on 16 January 1967. He is an Australian politician and a member of the Australian Senate, in which capacity he has represented the state of Victoria for the Liberal Party since March 2004. Fifield served as the Assistant Minister for Social Services and the Manager of Government Business in the Senate in the Abbott Government, and Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts in the Turnbull Government from 21 September 2015 until 23 August 2018. He resigned from the ministry following his criticism of the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull. He was reappointed to the same portfolio by Turnbull’s successor, Scott Morrison.|
|Mitch Fifield Age||He was born on 16 January 1967 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Mitch Fifield Nationality||Australian|
|Mitch Fifield Political party||Liberal|
|Mitch Fifield Wife||Mari Dunic (Domestic Partner)|
|Children||2 – including her son Harry|
|Minister for Communications and Arts|
28 August 2018
|Prime Minister||Scott Morrison|
|In office 21 September 2015 – 23 August 2018|
|Prime Minister||Malcolm Turnbull|
|Preceded by||Malcolm Turnbull & George Brandis|
|Deputy Senate Government Leader|
20 December 2017 – 23 August 2018
|Prime Minister||Malcolm Turnbull|
|Preceded by||Mathias Cormann|
|Succeeded by||Marise Payne|
|Manager of Government Business in the Senate Assistant Minister for Social Services|
18 September 2013 – 20 December 2017
|Prime Minister||Tony Abbott
|Preceded by||Jacinta Collins|
|Succeeded by||Simon Birmingham|
|Senator for Victoria|
31 March 2004
|Preceded by||Richard Alston|
Mitch Fifield Early life and education
Fifield was born in Sydney, New South Wales. Her parents were two bank employees. He went to school at Barker College and the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Between 1985 and 1987, Fifield served for three years in the Australian Army Reserve Psychology Corps.
From 1988 and 1992, Fifield was a Senior Research Officer for the NSW Minister for Transport and Sydney’s Olympic Bid, Bruce Baird; a Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations’ Policy Adviser, National’s MP John Anderson during 1992. He was a Senior Policy Adviser to the Victorian Minister for Transport, Alan Brown from 1992 to 1996; and Senior Political Adviser to the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, from 1996 to 2003.
Since 1996, Fifield held some Liberal Party positions, including being a delegate to the Liberal Party Victorian State Council, since 1996; a delegate to the Liberal Party Policy Assembly, in 1996 and since 2004; a delegate to the Liberal Party Goldstein Electorate Council, between 1995 and 2003.
Mitch Fifield Personal Life
Mitch Fifield domestic partner is Mari Dunic, a Personal Assistant at Liberal Party. The couple have two children, including one son, Harry Fifield.
— Mitch Fifield (@SenatorFifield) December 23, 2014
Mitch Fifield Instigate Inquiry into ABC Scandal
On 26th September 2018 Mitch Fifield, went back on his earlier statement implying he would not get involved in the crisis engulfing the national broadcaster the ABC, and announced his department would undertake an inquiry into the allegations against current chairman Justin Milne.
Fifield said the truth – relating to allegations Milne pressured recently ousted managing director Michelle Guthrie to sack ABC journalist Emma Alberici after complaints from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – needed to be uncovered.
Fifield’s full statement:
“Having met with the Prime Minister this afternoon [Scott Morisson], I have asked the Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts to undertake an inquiry to establish the facts concerning today’s media reports surrounding the ABC.
“The secretary will report his findings to me as soon as possible.
“It is important for the community to have confidence in the independence of the ABC.”
Mitch Fifield Parliamentary career
On 31 March 2004, Fifield was appointed by the Parliament of Victoria under section 15 of the Australian Constitution to fill the casual vacancy in the Australian Senate caused by the resignation in February 2004 of Richard Alston. Fifield was re-elected at the 2007 federal election. After the 2010 election, Fifield was appointed the Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.
Throughout his political career, Fifield has been an advocate of voluntary student unionism, as well as allowing women to serve on the front lines of the Australian Defence Force. Along with Andrew Robb, he is the co-publisher of The Party Room, a journal designed to promote new policy discussion within the Federal Coalition. Fifield has opposed federal money being spent on cycling infrastructure, and objected to part of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion stimulus package being used for new cycleways and home insulation: “I don’t think Bradford batts and bike paths is serious economic infrastructure. Call me crazy, but I don’t think it is.”
Following the 2013 federal election, Fifield was appointed to the Abbott Ministry as the Assistant Minister for Social Services and the Manager of Government Business in the Senate.
Fifield replaced the 29th Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, as Minister for Communications, in September 2015. He is currently deeply embroiled in a major Australian political controversy concerning his knowledge of police raids on his Opposition counterpart, Senator Stephen Conroy in the course of an election campaign, over leaks about alleged failures of the current Australian Prime Minister with respect to shortcomings of Australian internet infrastructure when Malcolm Turnbull was Minister for the same portfolio.
Fifield offered his resignation from the frontbench on 22 August 2018, during the events of the Liberal Party of Australia leadership spill. On 28 August he was reappointed to the same portfolio by Turnbull’s successor, Scott Morrison.