The Hon Nigel Scullion
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Australia
The Hon Nigel Scullion was born in London in 1956 and spent his early years between Malaysia, Malawi and England, later being educated in England and Australia.
From 1985, when Minister Scullion moved to the Northern Territory, he worked in mining and established a professional fishing business, as well as being involved in the maritime salvage, security and engineering industries. Minister Scullion spent six years living off the coast of Arnhem Land where he developed strong relationships with many individuals in the area and forged a keen understanding of issues facing Australia’s first people, particularly those in remote Australia.
Minister Scullion was elected to the Senate for the Northern Territory in 2001, 2004, 2007,2010 and 2013, and was appointed as Minister for Indigenous Affairs on 18 September 2013.
“It is an honour and privilege to be the first Minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs in a stand-alone portfolio. This reflects the Abbott Government’s strong focus on Indigenous affairs and determination to improve the circumstances of our first people.”
Minister Scullion’s priorities are to ensure that Indigenous children attend school every day and receive a quality education; that adults have real jobs driven by sustainable economic development and that the rule of law applies in remote communities as it does across the rest of Australia, to ensure communities are safe for all residents, particularly children.