Biography

After growing up in Sydney and the NSW Southern Highlands, Marise Payne went on to complete her education at MLC School, Burwood and her Bachelor of Arts and Laws at the University of NSW.

A member of the Liberal Party since 1982, Marise was the National Young Liberal Movement's first female President. She also served on the NSW Liberal State Executive for 10 years and at branch and electorate levels.

Having served as a political adviser to some of the most significant figures in Liberal politics of their time, Marise went on to a career as a public affairs adviser in the finance industry.

In 1997 Marise filled a casual vacancy to represent the people of New South Wales in the Australian Senate, making her inaugural speech on 2 September 1997. She was then elected in 2001, 2007 and 2013.

Marise has served as Shadow Minister for Indigenous Development and Employment, Shadow Minister for COAG [Council of Australian Governments] and Shadow Minister for Housing. She plays an active role in the Senate and has been a member of both Joint and Senate committees, including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and as Chair of its Human Rights subcommittee.

In September 2013 Marise was appointed as Minister for Human Services in the newly elected Abbott Coaliton Government and on 21 September, 2015, she was promoted to Cabinet as Minister for Defence.

On 26 August, 2018, Marise was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

From its inception in 2003, Marise was co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia (PFOD) group until February 2011 and is currently co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League group.

Based in western Sydney for over ten years, Marise has come to know the local community well and now works alongside local organisations and businesses to help the region develop its great potential.

Outside parliament, Marise continues to work in the community on issues as diverse as human rights, emerging technologies and the implications of our ageing population.

Away from politics, she is a committed fan of the St George/Illawarra NRL team and the Geelong Cats, an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Australia, spends as much time as she can in the Southern Highlands and she cooks for therapy. Marise and her partner live in a newly built home in Mulgoa.

From Marise

How good is Queensland! Exciting news for Australia and Queensland - we’re now a step closer to hosting another Olympic and Paralympic Games. Overnight the International Olympic Committee announced it will enter exclusive negotiations with Queensland for the 2032 event. This is a hugely positive development but we still have a lot of work to do. Since the Federal Government announced our support for the bid in 2019, we’ve been working with the state and local governments, the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia to put forward the best possible case for Queensland to host 2032. The event is potentially a game-changer for Queensland. It will see the Sunshine State beamed around the globe, while delivering an economic and jobs boom. We saw how Sydney 2000 brought our nation together and took Australian sport to a new level, and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do again if we’re successful in hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games again in 2032.

Feb 25

The best form of welfare is a job. The Morrison Government continues to be focused on job creation. 94% of the 1.3 million people who lost their jobs or were stood down on zero hours are now back in work.

Feb 25

Australia's economic recovery is underway and our labour market has been enormously resilient in the face of this huge economic shock.

Feb 25

Stronger. Safer. Together.

Feb 25