A government re-shuffle has seen the Honourable Dan Tehan appointed as the new Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. He replaces Senator Simon Birmingham, who took over as the Minister of Finance from the previous incumbent, Mathias Cormann.
Described as a “trade nut” by the Prime Minister, Mr Tehan’s educational and work history is focused around international affairs and trade. He holds a Master of International Relations and Affairs from the University of Kent (UK) and a Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University (Melbourne).
Selected employment history
He was formerly an official in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has served as an Australian diplomat in Central America and was formerly the Trade Adviser to the Minister of Trade (Mark Vaile) from 2002 to 2005. Mr Tehan was also the Director of Trade Policy and International Affairs at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2007 to 2008.
He was elected to the House of Representatives, Division of Wannon (Victoria), in 2010 and was re-elected in 2013, 2016 and 2019. During that time he has held a wide range of ministerial positions and has served on numerous parliamentary committees.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Tehan wrote in an official statement: “It is a great honour to serve the Australian people as a minister in the Morrison Government and I thank the Prime Minister for asking me to serve as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Australia is a trading nation. Our prosperity has been built on trade and our future relies on it. Trade creates jobs, drives innovation and underpins our economic growth. Trade is a mutually beneficial relationship between nations that enhances friendships, understanding, respect and co-operation. I will engage, listen and work tirelessly to advance Australia’s trade interests.”