- Parliamentary service
- Elected to the House of Representatives for Warringah, New South Wales at by-election 26.3.1994 vice the Hon. MJR MacKellar (resigned). Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
- Ministerial appointments
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs from 11.3.96 to 21.10.98.
- Minister for Employment Services from 21.10.98 to 30.1.01.
- Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 30.1.01 to 26.11.01.
- Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 26.11.01 to 7.10.03.
- Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 26.11.01 to 7.10.03.
- Minister for Health and Ageing from 7.10.03 to 3.12.07.
- Prime Minister from 18.9.13 to 15.9.15.
- Committee service
- House of Representatives Standing: Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 5.5.94 to 29.1.96; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 11.3.08 to 3.2.10; Family, Community, Housing and Youth from 11.3.08 to 3.2.10.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Leader of the House from 12.2.02 to 17.10.07.
- Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and the Voluntary Sector from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 22.9.08 to 1.12.09.
- Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 1.12.09 to 14.9.15.
- Leader of the Opposition from 1.12.09 to 18.9.13.
- Born 4.11.1957, London, UK.
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
- BEc, LLB (Syd), MA (Oxon).
- Rhodes Scholar.
- Plant Manager, Pioneer Concrete.
- Press secretary and political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr JR Hewson 1990-93.
- Executive Director, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy 1993-94.
Description: inner metropolitan.
Location: northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Allambie, Allambie Heights, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Balmoral, Beacon Hill, Beauty Point, Brookvale, Cremorne, Curl Curl, Fairlight, Forestville, Freshwater, Killarney Heights, Manly, Manly Vale, Mosman, Queenscliff, Seaforth and parts of Beacon Hill, Dee Why, Frenchs Forest and Narraweena.
Area: 68 sq km.
Electors enrolled: 102 645 (at 2.7.16)
Industries: Manufacturing, construction, retail, professional, scientific and technical services, health care and social assistance, service and leisure industries.
State electorates: Warringah includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Manly, and parts of North Shore, Wakehurst and Willoughby.
- The minimal monarchy: and why it still makes sense for Australia, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 1995.
- How to win the constitutional war and give both sides what they want, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy in association with Wakefield Press, 1997.
- Battlelines, Melbourne University Press, 2009.
- A strong Australia: the values, directions and policy priorities of the next Coalition Government, Bambra Press, Melbourne, 2012.