The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

Christopher Pyne


Minister for Defence Industry

July 2016 – August 2018

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Minister for Defence Industry

July 2016 – August 2018

Minister profile

Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt in 1993 at the age of 25.

Christopher is the Minister for Defence Industry and Leader of the House of Representatives. As Minister for Defence Industry Christopher is responsible for delivering the $200 billion worth of investment in Australia’s defence capabilities outlined in the Defence White Paper and ensuring the nation grasps this once in a generation opportunity, maximising job creation and economic growth.

In his time in Parliament he has also served as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, developing and delivering the National Innovation and Science Agenda, a transformative economic plan to encourage Australians to embrace risk and commercialise their ideas.

Christopher also spent two years as Minister for Education and Training, and in this role, amongst other things, he reformed the National Curriculum, introduced compulsory literacy and numeracy testing for Australian teaching graduates and expanded phonics teaching in remote schools in northern Australia.

In addition to these Cabinet positions he has also served as Minister for Ageing and Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the Howard Government. As Parliamentary Secretary for Health he founded “headspace: the Youth Mental Health Initiative” in 2006.

Christopher is the author of the Best Selling book, “A Letter to my Children”, published by Melbourne University Press in 2015.

Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor.

Christopher is a member of many community, social and sporting groups in his electorate, and is an Adelaide Crows Ambassador and supporter of the Norwood Redlegs Football Club!

Christopher is married to Carolyn and is the proud father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia.


  • Delivery of capability acquisition and sustainment projects
  • Development of Australian industry involvement during capability life cycle
  • Deliver Defence Industry agenda
  • Support and develop Australian Defence Industry
  • Encourage Australian Defence Industry involvement in global supply chains
  • Implementation of Naval Shipbuilding Plan
  • Centre for Defence Industry Capability
  • Defence Innovation Hub
  • Science and Technology engagement with Australian industry
  • Next Generation Technology Fund