Our Minister

11 October 2011

Hon. George Souris MP

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing
Minister for the Arts

George Souris

George Souris was first elected to Parliament in 1988 as the Member for Upper Hunter. He brings a wealth of experience to the role of Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing and Minister for the Arts.

George began his political career as a Councilor of Singleton Shire Council for seven years which included his position as Deputy President for four years. His other community commitments have included being a member of Rotary and past president of various community organisations including Pre-School Committee and Red Shield Appeal.

George also has a keen interest in sport including being awarded a University Sports Blue Award in Rugby and has represented the Gordon Club, New South Wales Country, Australian Universities and the Australian Colts rugby teams. George is also a past member of Sydney University Regiment.

During his time at Parliament, George Souris has held a wide range of significant portfolios and positions, including his elected position of Deputy Leader of the National Party in 1993 and Leader of the National Party in 1999. Portfolios have included Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing and Minister Assisting the Premier, Minister for Finance and Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Minister for Land and Water Conservation, Shadow Minister for Public Works & Roads, Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs and Services and Shadow Minister for Gaming, Shadow Minister for State Development and Shadow Minister for Gaming & Racing, Sport & Recreation & Major Events.

George has held several esteemed positions within the community, including Vice-Chairman of New South Wales Public Accounts Committee and was a former appointee to the Council of University of Newcastle as New South Wales Parliament’s representative.

George recognises the importance of tourism to the NSW economy and will work to ensure that Sydney and NSW continue to grow as Australia's number one tourism destination.