The Hon Nick Minchin was appointed Australian Consul-General in New York in February 2014.
Nick Minchin is a former Federal Cabinet Minister. He was elected to the Australian Senate for South Australia in July 1993 and served until June 2011.
From 1994 to 1996, Mr Minchin was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry and then held the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1996–1997. He went on to become the Special Minister of State and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister 1997–1998, and Minister for Industry, Science and Resources 1998–2001. Significantly he was Minister for Finance and Administration from November 2001 until 2007. While in office, he held the posts of Leader of the Government in the Senate, and Vice-President of the Executive Council.
Mr Minchin resigned his Opposition portfolios when his Senate term ended in June 2011. He is expected to take up his appointment in April 2014 succeeding Mr Phillip Scanlan AM.
Mr Minchin holds degrees in Law and Economics from the Australian National University in Canberra and was a Hawken Scholar in Cleveland, Ohio.