Designation: Minister for the Environment
Susan Penelope Ley is an Australian politician who serves the key position as the deputy leader of the Liberal Party since May 2022. She also has a very accomplished political resume as she was a cabinet minister in the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments. Ley has been a member of parliament for the New South Wales seat of Farrer since 2001. She is known for her tenures as Minister for the Environment, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, Minister for Health, Minister for Sport and Minister for Aged Care.
Sussan Ley was born on 4 December 1961 in Kano, Kano State, Federation of Nigeria to English parents. She attended boarding school in England until she was 13. She moved to Australia as a teen. She entered politics relatively late at the age of 33 and joined the Liberal Party’s Tallangatta branch in 1994
She was educated at Campbell High School, Dickson College, La Trobe University, the University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University, and has master’s degrees in taxation and accountancy. She changed her name from Susan to Sussan after reading about numerology. Ley was also a commercial flight pilot. Sussan married John Ley in 1987 and had 3 children with him before their 2004 divorce.
Ley’s first step into politics came at a narrow victory in 2001. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in October 2004 and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in January 2006. After the Coalition’s victory at the 2013 federal election, Ley held several ministerial positions till 2018. This tenure is notable as she went under the lens of public scrutiny due to discrepancies in her travel expenses. She also held the position of Minister for environment in the Morrison Government from 2018 to 2022. Her major policies include her involvement with the Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, co-chaired by Sheikh Hasina and Mia Mottley. Another controversial decision came when, in March 2022, Ley approved a Coalition decision to scrap 176 out of 185 recovery plans designed to prevent the extinction of threatened species and habitats, including the Tasmanian devil. This was despite a government call for feedback, which received 6701 responses, all disagreeing with the plan of removal of the recovery plans.
Following the Coalition’s defeat at the 2022 election, Ley has been elected as the deputy leader of the Liberal Party.
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