The Ages Of The Turnbull Government Ministers

A passing comment on today’s Insiders program about Malcolm Turnbull being the only member of the Federal Cabinet over the age of 60 led to the tables on this page.

Turnbull Government – Ages of Ministers – Summary
Group 60-69 50-59 40-49 30-39 18-30 Total Average Age
CABINET
1
8
12
1
22
49.4
OUTER MINISTRY
3
4
1
8
47.3
ASSISTANT MINISTERS
2
4
4
1
1
12
48.4
TOTALS
3
15
20
3
1
42
48.7

Turnbull is the only member of the executive over 60 in what we traditionally called the ministry, but only if you don’t count the Parliamentary Secretaries, the people now called Assistant Ministers. Two of them – Ken Wyatt and Jane Prentice – are over 60.

Turnbull is the only member of Cabinet or the Outer Ministry over 60, but only since Andrew Robb and Warren Truss retired earlier this year. Ian Macfarlane was also over 60 but he left the government last year (with a little help from Turnbull).

Of the 22 members of Cabinet, 13 are under the age of 50. At 39, Kelly O’Dwyer is the youngest Cabinet minister, whilst Senator Matt Canavan, at 35, is the youngest member of the outer ministry. Two of the twelve Assistant Ministers are under 40, with Wyatt Roy the youngest member of the entire executive, at 25.

Two of Turnbull’s Cabinet ministers will soon turn 60. Senator Nigel Scullion gets there on May 4. Provided the government survives the expected double dissolution on July 2, Julie Bishop will still be a Cabinet minister when she turns 60 on July 17. Senator Arthur Sinodinos and Senator George Brandis will turn 60 in 2017.

The overall average age of Turnbull’s 42-member executive is 48.7. The average age of the 22 members of Cabinet is 49.4. The Outer Ministry of 8 averages 47.3, whilst the 12 Assistant Ministers average 48.4. Wyatt Roy pulls the average of the Assistant Ministers down a bit but it’s interesting that there aren’t more of them from the ranks of the 30-somethings, given that the position is seen as a training ground.

As a point of interest, 47 members (31.3%) of the current Parliament are over the age of 60 – 32 members of the House and 15 senators.

The table below shows individual ministers in order of age.

Turnbull Government – Ages of Ministers – Individual
No. Name Date of Birth Age
(at April 10, 2016)
CABINET (22)
1.
Malcolm Turnbull
24-10-54
61
2.
Sen. Nigel Scullion
04-05-56
59
3.
Julie Bishop
17-07-56
59
4.
Sen. Arthur Sinodinos
25-02-57
59
5.
Sen. George Brandis
22-06-57
58
6.
Sussan Ley
14-12-61
54
7.
Sen. Marise Payne
29-07-64
51
8.
Sen. Fiona Nash
06-05-65
50
9.
Greg Hunt
18-11-65
50
10.
Sen. Mitch Fifield
16-01-67
49
11.
Barnaby Joyce
17-04-67
48
12.
Christopher Pyne
13-08-67
48
13.
Darren Chester
13-09-67
48
14.
Scott Morrison
13-05-68
47
15.
Christian Porter
11-07-70
45
16.
Sen. Michaelia Cash
19-07-70
45
17.
Sen. Mathias Cormann
20-09-70
45
18.
Peter Dutton
18-11-70
45
19.
Josh Frydenberg
17-07-71
44
20.
Steven Ciobo
29-05-74
41
21.
Sen. Simon Birmingham
14-06-74
41
22.
Kelly O’Dwyer
31-03-77
39
OUTER MINISTRY (8)
1.
Sen. Richard Colbeck
05-04-58
58
2.
Sen. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
20-05-60
55
3.
Paul Fletcher
16-01-65
51
4.
Dan Tehan
27-01-68
48
5.
Alan Tudge
24-02-71
45
6.
Michael Keenan
19-03-72
44
7.
Sen. Scott Ryan
12-05-73
42
8.
Sen. Matt Canavan
17-12-80
35
ASSISTANT MINISTERS (12)
(PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES)
1.
Ken Wyatt
04-08-52
63
2.
Jane Prentice
22-06-53
62
3.
Karen Andrews
23-08-60
55
4.
Peter Hendy
10-01-62
54
5.
Sen. Anne Ruston
10-06-63
52
6.
Michael McCormack
02-08-64
51
7.
Angus Taylor
30-09-66
49
8.
Keith Pitt
31-08-69
46
9.
Craig Laundy
16-02-71
45
10.
Sen. James McGrath
14-05-74
41
11.
Alex Hawke
09-07-77
38
12.
Wyatt Roy
22-05-90
25

 

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