QLD Liberal MP Steve Ciobo has been appointed Trade Minister following the shock resignation of Andrew Robb last week.
Mr Ciobo, who was elected to Parliament in 2001, became Minister for International Development and the Pacific last year after serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and Foreign Minister.
Under the Abbott Government he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment for 9 months up until September 21, last year.
He has represented the QLD Gold Coast seat of Moncrieff for the past 15 years.
Mr Ciobo, who has a master’s degree in law, grew up in north Queensland but moved to the Gold Coast as an adult.
Before entering politics he worked as a consultant with Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and at one stage considered joining Australia’s spy agency Asio.
Mr Robb, who announced last week he would retire from politics at the next election, will take on an “envoy” role for the remainder of his time as a parliamentarian.
Until he leaves Parliament Mr Robb, a highly skilled campaigner, will work closely with Mr Ciobo.
During his three-year stint as Minister for Trade and Investment, Mr Robb sealed free trade deals with China, Japan and Korea and recently wrapped up the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement involving 12 nations.
The government is still in negotiations for several other major trade deals including India, Singapore and Indonesia.