Treasurers Debate

The Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Hon Chris Bowen MP
Treasurer and Shadow Treasurer
Friday, 27 May 2016
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.45pm

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Scott MorrisonThe Hon. Scott Morrison MP is the Treasurer and a senior member of Prime Minister Turnbull’s Cabinet and Expenditure Review Committee.

Minister Morrison was appointed Minister for Social Services on December 23, 2014 and was responsible for driving the Coalition Government’s welfare reform strategy that is designed to increase the economic participation of Australians and to ensure the long term sustainability of Australia’s welfare safety net.

Prior to serving as Minister for Social Services, Minister Morrison was the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection where he also served on the National Security Committee of Cabinet and he successfully implemented Operation Sovereign Borders, that ‘stopped the boats’, saving lives and restoring public confidence in Australia’s immigration programme. As Minister, Mr Morrison also initiated some of the most significant reforms to Australia’s border management operations in a generation, including the decision to establish the Australian Border Force.

Mr Morrison was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Federal Member for Cook, in southern Sydney in NSW in November 2007. Prior to his appointment as Minister in the first Abbott Cabinet in September 2013, he served in various portfolios in opposition including Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Productivity and Population, Infrastructure, Housing and Local Government.

Prior to entering politics, Mr Morrison worked as a CEO and senior executive in various industry bodies and government agencies, including Managing Director of Tourism Australia, State Director of the Liberal Party in NSW and National Policy and Research Manager for the Property Council of Australia.

Minister Morrison holds an Honours degree in Applied Economic Geography from the University of NSW.

Minister Morrison is married to Jenny. They have two young daughters, Abbey and Lily, and they live together in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.

Chris BowenChris Bowen was elected to the Federal Parliament as Member for Prospect in October 2004.

Chris was educated at Smithfield Public School and St Johns Park High School. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics.

He joined the Labor Party in 1988 and has held many honorary positions in the party.

He was elected to Fairfield Council in 1995 and has been Chairman of the City Outcomes Committee, the Fairfield Town Centre Management Committee and the Community, Recreation and Development Committee.

Chris was elected Mayor of Fairfield for 1998 and 1999, and became President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils from 2000 to 2002.

Immediately before being elected to Parliament, Chris was Chief of Staff to Hon. Carl Scully, NSW Minister for Roads, Housing and Leader of the House.

Since being in Parliament, Chris has been elected as Deputy Chair of the House of Reps Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration.

He was also a member of the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.

In December 2006, Chris was appointed to the Federal Labor Party’s frontbench as the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue & Competition Policy.

Following the historic election of the Labor Government in 2007, Chris was appointed to the new Ministry. Chris took on two portfolios as Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs.

In June 2009, Chris was elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Human Services. He also served as Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law.

Following the re-election of the Labor Government in 2010, Chris was appointed as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

In February 2013 Chris was appointed Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Minister for Small Business.

In June of the same year, Chris was appointed Treasurer by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Following the 2013 election, he served as Interim Labor Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition while the Labor leadership ballot was underway. He was later appointed Shadow Treasurer by Bill Shorten.