Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for The Environment, Australia

Simon Birmingham has served as a Liberal Party Senator for South Australia since May 2007, and following the 2013 federal election he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment.

Upon entering the Senate, Simon focussed on issues concerning water security, environmental management and communications. Appointed first to the Shadow Ministry in December 2009, Simon served as a Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin as well as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment until the 2013 election.

As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Simon has responsibility for federal policy issues affecting water management, including the Murray-Darling Basin, as well as federal National Parks and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Responsibility for Parks Australia includes six Commonwealth national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the national species discovery partnership Bush Blitz. The national parks range from Christmas Island and Pulu Keeling far out in the Indian Ocean to Norfolk Island in the Pacific, Booderee on the New South Wales south coast and World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks in the Northern Territory.

Simon is proud to be an active supporter of the Parliamentary Association for UNICEF and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Adelaide. He is married to Courtney, has two young daughters Matilda and Amelia, and is an active supporter of the Adelaide Crows.

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