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Nick Sherry

Assistant Treasurer

9 June 2009 - 14 September 2010

Biography

Nick Sherry was promoted to the position of Assistant Treasurer on 9 June 2009.

Nick Sherry previously held the position of Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law since 3 December 2007.

As Assistant Treasurer he assists the Treasurer in the development, implementation and administration of policies in the Treasury portfolio. These include Commonwealth-State reforms to boost participation and productivity.

Nick is a naturalised Australian, born in Kingston-on-Thames, London, UK on 19 November 1955 he grew up in Hobart. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and Administration.

He has been a Senator for Tasmania since 1990, and is based in Devonport on Tasmania's North West Coast.

Nick has had over 8 years experience as the Shadow Minister responsible for superannuation before becoming the Minister. He has also been Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Industry, Energy and Resources during the Keating Government.

Nick has held important party roles including Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and been a member of Labors tactics, strategy, economic and policy committees.

Nick chaired the Senate Select Committee on Superannuation in the Hawke and Keating Governments and was later Deputy Chair of Senate Select Committee on Superannuation and Financial Services for 6 years. He has sat on numerous other parliamentary committees including the Senate Economics, Finance and Public Administration Committee, Strategy, Expenditure and Policy Review Committees and Joint Corporations and Financial Services Committee.

His more than 20 years experience in the Australian superannuation system has given him deep knowledge and interest in design and operation of pension systems. Nick has kept abreast of the international pension scene, studying closely the systems and developments in the UK, US and Switzerland. He has written extensively on the subject.

Nicks lists his private interest as golf, history, following the Forth and Geelong Football Club, and (sadly for others) superannuation.