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Melissa Lee Price (born 12 December 1963) is an Australian politician who has been the Minister for Defence Industry in the Morrison Government since May 2019. She has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2013, representing the Division of Durack in Western Australia for the Liberal Party.[1] She previously served as Minister for the Environment (2018–2019) and Assistant Minister for the Environment (2017–2018).

Melissa Price

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Minister for Defence Industry
Assumed office
26 May 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
MinisterLinda Reynolds
Preceded byLinda Reynolds
Minister of the Environment
In office
28 August 2018 – 26 May 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byJosh Frydenberg (Environment and Energy)
Succeeded bySussan Ley
Assistant Minister for the Environment
In office
20 December 2017 (2017-12-20) – 27 August 2018
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Scott Morrison
MinisterJosh Frydenberg
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Durack
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded byBarry Haase
Personal details
Melissa Lee Price

(1963-12-12) 12 December 1963 (age 55)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceGeraldton, Western Australia, Western Australia
Alma mater

Early lifeEdit

Born in Kalgoorlie in 1963, Price's grandfather, David Dellar, and uncle, Stan Dellar, were both Australian Labor Party members of the Western Australian Legislative Council.[2] Prior to entering Parliament, Price was Vice President of Legal and Business Development for Crosslands Resources, an entity of Mitsubishi Developments which control the major Western Australian Jack Hills Iron Ore Mine and is currently a director for Cancer Council Western Australia.


Price previously unsuccessfully contested the state seat of Kalgoorlie at the 2013 state election.[3]

Price served as the Assistant Minister for the Environment from 20 December 2017 to 27 August 2018.[4] Price was appointed to the Cabinet in the Morrison Ministry on 28 August 2018 as Minister for the Environment. In May 2019, Price was replaced as environment minister in the Morrison Government by Sussan Ley, and appointed Minister for Defence Industry.


Price caused controversy in her role as Environment Minister by allegedly telling Anote Tong, the former president of Kiribati and climate change advocate, "I know why you’re here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific it's always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much do you want?"[5]


  1. ^ "Melissa Price". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  2. ^ First Speech: Melissa Price MP Archived 8 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine – Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  3. ^ "The Liberal Party has pre selected Melissa Price as its candidate for the WA seat of Durack". ABC. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  4. ^ Turnbull, Malcolm (19 December 2017). "Ministerial Arrangements" (Press release). Government of Australia. Retrieved 3 February 2018. Melissa Price joins the Ministry as Assistant Minister for the Environment. She will work closely with Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg and is tasked with developing and implementing the Government’s policies on issues as broad as climate change, Landcare and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
  5. ^ Crowe, David (17 October 2018). "'For the Pacific it's always about cash': Environment Minister in diplomatic incident over climate change". WAtoday. Retrieved 19 October 2018.

External linksEdit

Political offices
New ministerial post Assistant Minister for the Environment
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Barry Haase
Member for Durack