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Christopher Pyne


Christopher Pyne is the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Turnbull Government. Under Tony Abbott’s leadership, he served as Minister for Education. Christopher was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt aged twenty-five. He was Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Minister for Ageing in the Howard Government. During that time he founded headspace: the youth mental health initiative. In Opposition he served as a senior Shadow Minister, most notably in Education and as Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives. Christopher is married to Carolyn and is the father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia.

He is the author of A Letter to my Children, published by Melbourne University Press in 2015.

Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor and was a senior member of the Liberal Party, serving on both the Federal Executive (1990-91) and the South Australian State Executive (1988‑92 and from 2010 to present).

Christopher has written for the Adelaide Advertiser, Herald Sun, the Age, Sunday MailDaily Telegraph, Adelaide Review, Australian Financial Review and the Australian newspapers, as well as the Bulletin magazine. He regularly appears on radio and television as a commentator and advocate. From 1993 to 2004 he published his own issues journal, Options.

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