Biography

He first entered the Australian Senate in October 2011 and was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in September 2012 a position he held until the election of the Abbott Government.

Senator Sinodinos is known for his focus on substantive topics affecting Australia’s increasingly complex economic and financial landscape.

He is an expert on financial markets, economics and public policy, reflecting his experience gained through previous roles as an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury and Department of Finance

He worked for former Prime Minister John Howard, whilst he was Opposition Leader as his Senior Economic Adviser from 1987-89 and again in 1995-96.

In 1997, Senator Sinodinos became Prime Minister Howard’s Chief of Staff, a position he held for nine years. In 2006 he went to work with Goldman Sachs JBWere and then the National Australia Bank and various corporate appointments.

Senator Sinodinos was a member of various pro-bono boards including the Mary MacKillop Foundation, a charity which funds “small life changing projects” for the underprivileged, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy Pty Ltd and the Australian Institute of Management.

In 2008, Senator Sinodinos was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to politics through the executive function of government, to the development of economic policy and reform and to the Greek community.

He returned to politics in October 2011, when he succeeded Liberal Senator Helen Coonan from NSW.

In December 2011, the then Opposition Leader Mr Abbott announced the creation of the Coalition Deregulation Taskforce to cut Government red and green tape by $1billion a year and appointed Senator Sinodinos as chairman of the taskforce.

Senator Sinodinos has also held the positions of Honorary Treasurer of Liberal Party Australia NSW Division and President of Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division.