5. Senator Simon Birmingham
Simon Birmingham serves as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
Prior to entering the Senate in 2007, Simon worked for a number of industry bodies, establishing particular experience in the wine, tourism and hospitality sectors – industries that are critical to South Australia’s prosperity.
Following the change of government in 2013 Simon served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, with responsibility for water policy, including the Murray-Darling Basin, National Parks and the Bureau of Meteorology.
In 2014 Simon was appointed to serve as the Assistant Minister for Education and Training in the Abbott Ministry, with specific responsibility for vocational education, apprenticeships, training and skills.
In September 2015 he was appointed to position of Minister for Education and Training in the Turnbull government and was made Manager of Government Business in the Senate in February 2018.
Under the Morrison Government, Simon then served as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from August 2018. Simon was then appointed as Minister for Finance in October 2020 while also having the responsibility as Leader of the Government in the Senate.
Simon is an active advocate for mental health and ovarian cancer and is a proud Adelaide Crows fan.