Sophie Mirabella

Sophie Mirabella

Since 2009, Sophie has been Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science and is the first woman to have held this position and a member of Shadow Cabinet.
She was elected in 2001 and in the three subsequent federal elections as the Member for Indi.
Sophie grew up working in the family milk bar from the age of 12. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with Bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce and a Masters degree in Law. Before entering Parliament Sophie was a barrister.
Sophie married Greg Mirabella in June 2006, and the couple have two daughters, Alexandra, born in 2008 and Katerina, born in 2010. She is also stepmother to two teenage girls. The family live on their rural property at Wangaratta East.

Articles by Sophie Mirabella

Thirty two weeks of stability? Not very likely…

Thirty two weeks of stability? Not very likely…

05 Feb 13 To say there’s a lot of crazy going on in Federal politics is the most subtle of all understatements. When…... Read more

Swanny, the Tea Party caused the deficit? Ha!

Swanny, the Tea Party caused the deficit? Ha!

04 Jan 13 Now that the US appears to have avoided its fiscal cliff (albeit briefly), I’m sure we all await an update…... Read more

Labor should spare us all the bull on Alan Jones

Labor should spare us all the bull on Alan Jones

02 Oct 12 Turn it up Albo. Seriously. The bald-faced hypocrisy of Labor’s Anthony Albanese’s press conference yesterday was breathtaking. He began with…... Read more

There is no justification for what happened this weekend

There is no justification for what happened this weekend

17 Sep 12 Religion is never a justification for violence. We must be unequivocal about it. Violent protests like the one witnessed in…... Read more

Who will make the next giant leap for mankind?

Who will make the next giant leap for mankind?

29 Aug 12 The passing of the man who made that one giant leap for mankind, should give us all pause to consider…... Read more

Australians won’t warm to the carbon tax

Australians won’t warm to the carbon tax

01 Aug 12 It’s not surprising that the latest Nielsen poll shows that the carbon tax remains deeply unpopular, despite the Gillard Government’s…... Read more

There’s nothing mainstream about the Labor Party

There’s nothing mainstream about the Labor Party

10 Jul 12 NSW Labor State Secretary Sam Dastyari reminds me of the unlikely fellow on top of the train in the latest…... Read more

Carbon tax lesson: Don’t be too big or too successful

Carbon tax lesson: Don’t be too big or too successful

28 Jun 12 So the “cash for you” has been received and spent on petrol, paying off the credit cards or the latest…... Read more

Voters won’t forget the way Labor has conducted itself

Voters won’t forget the way Labor has conducted itself

15 May 12 Does Julia Gillard think the Australian people have the memory of a goldfish? In the alternative Gillard reality we are…... Read more

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s governing

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s governing

17 Apr 12 Remember when Julia Gillard stood shoulder to shoulder with her two new allies in Government Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor…... Read more

ALP evacuees have no love for The Greens

ALP evacuees have no love for The Greens

27 Mar 12 Reading the entrails of the Labor carcass in Queensland will no doubt keep an army of commentators and party strategists…... Read more

Politically correct jeopardise our freedom of speech

Politically correct jeopardise our freedom of speech

06 Mar 12 There’s a kind of political kismet to the fact that the Orwellian Finkelstein media review is released while international crusader…... Read more

Julia Gillard is starting to sound like Comical Ali

Julia Gillard is starting to sound like Comical Ali

22 Feb 12 So Labor MP David Bradbury has offered to get a tattoo declaring his support for the Prime Minister. Perhaps a…... Read more

Rubbery figures and the Ghosts of Budgets Past

Rubbery figures and the Ghosts of Budgets Past

22 Dec 11 Amidst all the presents, food and rowdy family gatherings, Christmas has also traditionally been a time for pause and reflection.…... Read more

To be fair we need to stop people dumping on Australia

To be fair we need to stop people dumping on Australia

22 Nov 11 President Barack Obama’s speech to the Australian Parliament, like those of his predecessors, was indeed an historic occasion. Amidst the…... Read more

Hey sheep, Joyce is just a scapegoat

Hey sheep, Joyce is just a scapegoat

01 Nov 11 Alan Joyce seems to have copped the ire of just about everyone because he was the bloke announcing Saturday’s decision…... Read more

Protesters occupied with glib, childish, pointless fantasy

Protesters occupied with glib, childish, pointless fantasy

11 Oct 11 This Saturday the self-described “organic” Occupy Wall Street movement will be coming to a capital city near you. They boldly…... Read more

The oddity of Beattie’s ruddy “Dear Kev” letter

The oddity of Beattie’s ruddy “Dear Kev” letter

20 Sep 11 We’ve seen a lot of political oddity courtesy of this Labor crew – a first-term PM knifed and crying in…... Read more

At home with a PM who’s lost all of Australia’s respect

At home with a PM who’s lost all of Australia’s respect

07 Sep 11 Perhaps the most damaging outcome of all the dysfunction wrought by the Gillard Government is the shocking loss of respect…... Read more

You journos are the freaks, not us carbon protestors

You journos are the freaks, not us carbon protestors

22 Aug 11 This week the right to peaceful public assembly got a bit of a battering. And those wielding the sticks were…... Read more

The NBN is as useful as those newfangled Beta tapes

The NBN is as useful as those newfangled Beta tapes

02 Aug 11 Remember those rabid Beta-tape aficionados of the late 70s and early 80s? You know, the ones who swore they had…... Read more

Here’s to mateship, courage, endurance and sacrifice

Here’s to mateship, courage, endurance and sacrifice

20 Jul 11 While the media last week fixated on the political “divide” in Australia, with vastly divergent views expressed on the carbon…... Read more

Another week, another new Labor fiasco

Another week, another new Labor fiasco

05 Jul 11 When the sun rose yesterday morning, optimistic Federal Labor MPs must have woken up thinking: “Monday morning – time for…... Read more

Labor is carrying on like a pack of pork chops

Labor is carrying on like a pack of pork chops

21 Jun 11 The high political farce of the last few days is unprecedented. Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are tearing each other…... Read more

A carbon price? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

A carbon price? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

01 Jun 11 So the left-wing apologists from Get Up and the ACTU are now imploring us to just “say yes” to Labor’s…... Read more

Now let’s talk about what wasn’t in the budget

Now let’s talk about what wasn’t in the budget

17 May 11 Many of Australia’s brightest researchers and innovators will gather in Brisbane this week for the annual conference of the Cooperative…... Read more

Our kids are getting adult content instead of fairytales

Our kids are getting adult content instead of fairytales

05 May 11 Child health experts told a Sydney conference last week that children as young as six are displaying inappropriate sexual behaviour…... Read more

Child protection - a tale of two Australias

Child protection - a tale of two Australias

12 Apr 11 So the government is moving to “protect” errant toddlers in the suburbs from the naughty corner and spare them from…... Read more

Labor’s tax cuts just bread and circuses

Labor’s tax cuts just bread and circuses

22 Mar 11 What will Labor come up with next?  What grab bag of goodies will be used to distract voters from the…... Read more

Don’t address the concern, shoot the critic

Don’t address the concern, shoot the critic

08 Mar 11 It’s a strategy that President Obama’s spin team employed when he was neck-deep in political hot water over an incredibly…... Read more

Howes will dump on anyone, except for Gillard

Howes will dump on anyone, except for Gillard

22 Feb 11 You’ve got to wonder how genuine Union boss Paul Howes’ latest headline-grabbing attempt to put himself centre-stage really is. He’s…... Read more

Labor is turning a blind eye to price hikes

Labor is turning a blind eye to price hikes

01 Feb 11 Last weekend - while you were taking the kids to the beach, buying those extra back-to-school necessities, or for many,…... Read more

History tells us floods are natural

History tells us floods are natural

19 Jan 11 While devastating floodwaters recede in the north even as they rise in the south, Australians are understandably shocked by what…... Read more

The NBN still hasn’t brought the promised sunshine

The NBN still hasn’t brought the promised sunshine

30 Nov 10 So much for opening the curtains and letting the sunshine in. The last few weeks of the Federal Parliamentary year…... Read more

What Gillard could learn from Obama’s mistakes

What Gillard could learn from Obama’s mistakes

15 Nov 10 The parallels between US politics and ours provide interesting lessons. Just as we saw an historic swing against a one-term…... Read more

Recent PMs haven’t risen to fill Lazarus’s shoes

Recent PMs haven’t risen to fill Lazarus’s shoes

29 Oct 10 As Lazarus rose (albeit for a book launch) this week, the gaping leadership chasm that has been the Prime Ministership…... Read more

How would Chifley judge modern Labor?

How would Chifley judge modern Labor?

15 Oct 10 This week Labor launched the latest incarnation in their constant quest to re-write history and glorify their role in it.…... Read more

An unstable parliament is not a free pass for Gillard

An unstable parliament is not a free pass for Gillard

01 Oct 10 So let’s get this Labor-style new paradigm straight. Because so many people rejected Labor policy at the ballot box, because…... Read more

The lesson from the new paradigm: less is more

The lesson from the new paradigm: less is more

17 Sep 10 Many conclusions have been made about the “new paradigm” of Australian politics.  Much has been written of the rise of…... Read more

Introducing Labor’s new faction – the Greens

Introducing Labor’s new faction – the Greens

03 Sep 10 The Greens are now officially the far-left faction of the Australian Labor Party.  They have been signed, sealed and delivered…... Read more

Liberal diary: “Foolya Joolia” not all she seems

Liberal diary: “Foolya Joolia” not all she seems

20 Aug 10 Note: Labor MP Richard Marles and Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella are among our favourite contributors to The Punch, and we…... Read more

Liberal diary: Labor’s ruthless robotic machine

Liberal diary: Labor’s ruthless robotic machine

13 Aug 10 Note: Labor MP Richard Marles and Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella are among our favourite contributors to The Punch, and we…... Read more

Liberal diary: Spin master still in control

Liberal diary: Spin master still in control

06 Aug 10 Note: Labor MP Richard Marles and Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella are among our favourite contributors to The Punch, and we…... Read more

Liberal diary: Would the real Julia Gillard please stand up

Liberal diary: Would the real Julia Gillard please stand up

30 Jul 10 Just a month ago Julia Gillard declared that the Labor Government had “lost its way”. This past week proves that…... Read more

Liberal diary: Julia’s moving forward at $100m a day

Liberal diary: Julia’s moving forward at $100m a day

23 Jul 10 Note: Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella and Labor MP Richard Marles are among our favourite contributors to The Punch, and we…... Read more

Labor should have learned its lesson on messiahs

Labor should have learned its lesson on messiahs

12 Jul 10 Remember Kevin from Queensland who was “here to help”?  Pre-election 2007 the Australian public were given a rock-solid guarantee that…... Read more

Historic first, or just a re-run of history

Historic first, or just a re-run of history

25 Jun 10 There would be greater reason to celebrate our first female Prime Minister, were it not for Labor factional warlords using…... Read more

Cultural tolerance is no excuse for harming kids

Cultural tolerance is no excuse for harming kids

11 Jun 10 Last week I gave birth to my second child – another beautiful daughter.  Like most new mothers, in between the…... Read more

A cycle of illogical decisions

A cycle of illogical decisions

21 May 10 At the outset I declare that I am unashamedly pro-bike.  Cycling is a great sport, a clean form of transport,…... Read more

Mining tax makes a meal of our future

Mining tax makes a meal of our future

07 May 10 It’s becoming apparent that the Rudd Government has slaughtered the goose that laid the golden egg – all for one…... Read more

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