AustraliaNigel Gregory Scullion

Nigel Scullion Biography, Wiki, Age, Education, Net Worth, Wife (Carol Sexton), Children, Career, Senator for the Northern Territory

Nigel Scullion take on the appointment of Tony Abbott as a special envoy on Indigenous affairs

Nigel Scullion Wiki

Nigel Scullion Bio

Nigel Gregory Scullion was born on 4th May 1956 in London, England. He is an English-born Australian politician. He has been a Country Liberal Party member of the Australian Senate for the Northern Territory since November 2001. He sits with the National Party in the Senate, and has been the Leader of the Nationals in the Senate since 2013; having previously served in that role between 2007 and 2008 and as Deputy Leader of the National Party between 2007 and 2013. Scullion has served as the Minister for Indigenous Affairs since 18 September 2013, first in the Abbott Government and then the Turnbull Government.

Nigel Scullion Personal details

Nigel Scullion Age He was born on 4th May 1956 (age 62) in London, England, United Kingdom
Nigel Scullion Citizenship Australian
British (1956–2001)
Nigel Scullion Political party Country Liberal Party
Nigel Scullion Other political
The Nationals (federal caucus)
Nigel Scullion Spouse(s) Jenny Scullion (divorced)
Carol Sexton
Nigel Scullion Children 3
Nigel Scullion Net Worth Under Review The base salary for senators, however, is currently $199,040 per annum
Occupation Fisherman

Nigel Scullion – Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Assumed office – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Scott Morrison
Preceded by Jenny Macklin
Minister for Community Services
In office – 9 October 2003 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by John Cobb
Succeeded by Jenny Macklin

Nigel Scullion – Senator for the Northern Territory

Assumed office –10 November 2001
Preceded by Grant Tambling

Nigel Scullion Personal Life

Nigel Scullion was born in London, England then lived in Deakin, Canberra, during high school.

His wife is Carol Sexton and the two have 3 children. Before entering the Senate he was a professional fisherman and graduated from the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

Nigel Scullion with wife Carol Sexton
Nigel Scullion with wife Carol Sexton

Nigel Scullion Career and Highlights

Scullion received media attention early in his career when questions arose over how his business relationships with government bodies might have affected his eligibility to sit in the Parliament. Investigations continued for some time, but in the end, did not affect his membership of Parliament.
Below are his career highlights;

  • 30th January 2007 – He was appointed Minister for Community Services in the Australian Government. He held office for only 10 months before the Howard Government was defeated in an election.
  • February 2007- Scullion was elected to the position of deputy Senate leader of the federal National Party and was subsequently promoted to the positions of deputy parliamentary leader of the National Party and leader of the party in the Senate on 3 December 2007, following the coalition’s defeat.
  • 6 December 2007 – He was named as Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the shadow ministry chosen by new Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson.
  • 2008 – He was defeated by Barnaby Joyce for the Senate leadership but retained the deputy leader of the National Party.
  • 2010 – Scullion was re-elected in that year’s election and appointed Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs by the Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.
  • February 2012 – He appeared in the second episode of Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crabb when they went into the mud flats for crustaceans, which she has recalled as the most memorable show. Following Joyce’s move to the House of Representatives in 2013, Scullion reclaimed his position of Senate leader but lost the deputy parliamentary leadership to Joyce.
  • 11th February 2016, Joyce was elected leader of the Nationals with Fiona Nash as his deputy. As Nash is a Senator like Scullion, he would have had to relinquish the Senate leadership to deputy parliamentary leader Senator Nash. Senator Nash had been Senator Scullion’s Senate deputy prior to her election as deputy leader of the parliamentary party.
  • 2017 – The High Court ruled that Joyce and Nash were ineligible during the Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis, Scullion was appointed an interim parliamentary leader of the National Party.

Nigel Scullion on Tony Abbott Appointment

On the appointment of Tony Abbott as a special envoy on Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion in a Senate committee on Friday, 26th October 2018 states that he was not told of the appointment until after it had been reported in the media.

Scullion further stated that he was neither asked for nor was consulted about Abbott’s appointment and he had already seen media reports – including that Abbott would not accept the role – before he received a call from the prime minister, Scott Morrison.

“I had a call from the PM, we had a conversation about the role and what will be happening,” he said.


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