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Nigel Scullion
An Australian politician. The current Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia and Senator for the Northern Territory.


Nigel Scullion Biography



Nigel Gregory Scullion (born 4 May 1956) is an Australian politician, has been a member of the Australian Senate for the Northern Territory since November 2001, representing the Country Liberal Party. He sits with the National Party in the Senate, and has been the federal deputy leader of the National Party since 2007.


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.


On 30 January 2007, he was appointed Minister for Community Services in the Australian Government. He only held office for 10 months before the Howard Government was turned out of office in an election. On 3 December 2007, he was elected deputy leader of the federal National Party and served as the party's Senate leader  before being defeated by Barnaby Joyce for the Senate leadership, however he retained the deputy leadership of the National Party.


On 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. Scullion was re-elected at the 2010 election and appointed Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.


Early life

He was born in London, England then lived in Deakin, Canberra, Australia during high school. He is married with 3 children. Before entering the Senate he was a professional fisherman and graduated from the Australian Rural Leadership Program.



September 16, 2010

updated: 2013-07-26

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