Joe Hockey

Shadow Treasurer
Post Budget Reply
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
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Joe Hockey is the federal Member for North Sydney and the Shadow Treasurer.

He was elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and following his re-election in 1998, was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, one of the youngest ministers in the history of the Commonwealth.

After the 2001 election, Joe was appointed Minister for Small Business and Tourism where he delivered the first Tourism White Paper to drive the future direction of Australia’s tourism industry.

In October 2004, Joe was appointed the Minister for Human Services in the Fourth Howard Ministry and tasked with delivering a greater customer focus for the Australian Government’s major welfare and health services agencies.

In January 2007, Joe was appointed Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service.

Following the 2007 Federal Election Joe was appointed Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing and Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.  In 2008 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance.

In February, 2009 Joe was appointed by Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull as Shadow Treasurer. He was subsequently reappointed by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in December 2009.

He is a member of the Parliamentary Friends of Armenia, China, Argentina, Chile and Cuba. He is also a member of Parliamentary Friends of Asthma, a group of parliamentarians dedicated to helping sufferers of Asthma.

Joe Hockey was born in North Sydney, as the youngest of four children.

His father was born in Bethlehem of Armenian and Palestinian parentage and his Mum in Chatswood.

His family worked hard running a small business on the North Shore, beginning with a deli in Chatswood and later, a real estate agency in Naremburn.

Joe was educated at what is now St Philip Neri Primary School and St Aloysius’ College in Milsons Point.  He attended the University of Sydney where he completed degrees in Arts and Law.

His enthusiasm for politics began as a young boy when Joe discovered that working with government for a meaningful cause could help bring about real change in a community.  His first victory came at the age of fourteen when he successfully lobbied his local Council to obtain cricket nets for local children in Northbridge.

At university, Joe became involved in student politics and was elected President of the Students Representative Council. He also held the position of President of the New South Wales Young Liberal Movement.

After university Joe worked as a finance and banking lawyer.  He was seconded to the New South Wales Government to take a lead role in the state privatisation program. He went on to become the Senior Policy Adviser to the Treasurer and then Director of Policy to the Premier of New South Wales.

Joe maintains a close relationship with the community organisations in our area.  He is a member of North Sydney Rotary, the North Sydney Leagues Club, North Sydney Rugby Club, North Shore Historical Society, Lane Cove Community Aid and Hunter Hill Ryde Community Services.  Joe is patron of the Northern Suburbs Netball Association, and Northbridge and Cammeray Golf Clubs and the North Sydney RSL Sub Branch.  He is an ambassador for the White Ribbon Foundation, which aims to eliminate violence against women and also an ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Society’s Keep Watch program.  He is a passionate and active support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation which raises money to support children’s medical needs in NSW.

Joe is married and he and Melissa are the proud parents of their three young children, Xavier, Adelaide and Ignatius