Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Biography

Stuart has served his nation in the Australian Parliament’s House of Representatives since 2007. He was a Minister of State in the last Government serving at different times as the Assistant Minister for Defence, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Human Services and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.
 
Stuart is the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Ibero America, and Patron of the Australian Ibero-American Business Council (AIABC).
 
Prior to entering Parliament he served in the Australian Army for 12 years as an Infantry and Intelligence Corps Officer and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and a top 10 graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon. Stuart saw operational service in 1998 on the PNG Island of Bougainville following the civil war.  
 
Stuart was a founding director of Watoto Australia and a member of the Watoto International board. Based in Uganda, Watoto operates the world's largest non-institutional orphan care program and is now exporting this program globally. 
 
Stuart holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours).