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New Minister for Immigration – David Coleman

The little known – not overtly public – David Coleman is Australia’s new Minister for Immigration. Coleman was the Assistant Minister Finance and has only been in the Federal Parliament since September 2013.

According to his personal webpage, prior to entering Parliament, he worked in the private sector, principally in the media and technology industries. He was Director of Strategy and Digital and Nine Entertainment Co, Chairman of ninemsn, and held board positions with a number of other companies including Sky News and 3P Learning, the operator of the Mathletics business.   He also worked with the management consulting firm McKinsey and Co and had his own consulting business. He completed degrees in Law and Arts from UNSW.

An insight into his thinking on immigration might be gathered from his previous voting behaviour whilst in parliament on matters of immigration and related to immigration.

  • Voted moderately against implementing refugee and protection conventions.
  • Voted moderately for temporary protection visas.
  • Voted strongly for regional processing of asylum seekers
  • Voted very strongly against restricting foreign ownership
  • Voted very strongly against increasing funding for university education

Whilst not listed in his Wiki page on voting, he also voted strongly in favour of the Citizenship Test.

How the new Minister will respond in meeting the needs of the Department, the migration industry and visa applicants and his leadership style is something we will have to wait and see.

Here’s hoping that the New Minister for Immigration will apply his intelligence and consultative skills to the process. What no way needs is another autocratic misfit.