Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

Minister for Indigenous Affairs

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Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion is the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

Prior to commencing as a Senator for the Northern Territory in November 2001, Senator Scullion worked in mining in the Northern Territory and established a professional fishing business, as well as being involved in the maritime salvage, security and engineering industries. During this time, Senator 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 key understanding of issues facing Australia’s first people, particularly those in remote Australia.

Born in London, Senator Scullion spent his early years between Malaysia and Malawi, before living in the Canberra to complete his high school education. He went on to graduate from the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

In February 2006, Senator Scullion assumed his first parliamentary party position as The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate, before being appointed Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate as well as the Minister for Community Services in February 2007. 

In Opposition, he has held a number of positions including Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Shadow Minister for Human Services and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

Senator Scullion assumed his current roles as Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Leader of The Nationals in the Senate in September 2013.

Senator Scullion is Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

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