Julian was born and raised in Sydney and lives in Thornleigh with his wife Joanna with their son James and baby daughter Ruth.
Julian has been the Federal Member for Berowra since July 2016. During this time, he has been a vocal advocate for our community.
He has helped deliver the $412.3 million Federal investment in NorthConnex, which has transformed Pennant Hills Road taking 6,000 trucks off the road every day meaning fewer accidents, faster travel times and less noise for local residents. He has also secured much needed funding for sporting infrastructure upgrades to Greenway Park, Pennant Hills Park Dural Park and Headen Park and $10 million for the NSW Government to plan for improvements to New Line Road.
Julian has led the charge for better telecommunications for our electorate and other outer suburban communities around Australia. Julian’s work has led to the establishment of the Peri-Urban Mobile Program and NBN upgrades in our community.
He has delivered hundreds of grants to local community organisations to assist with wide-ranging projects, from restoring mangroves on the Hawkesbury to supporting Hindi and Mandarin community language schools.
Serving the community through elected office has been a life-long passion for Julian. He was the youngest councillor in Australia when he was elected to Woollahra Council at age 19 and an elected delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1998 aged 21. In Parliament, Julian chairs both the Joint Standing Committee on Migration and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs. He is a long serving member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
He was previously Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs. From November 2016 to June 2021 Julian served as a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia.
Julian has degrees in arts and law from the University of NSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at the Taubman Centre at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Prior to his election, Julian was variously a senior executive at Australian Catholic University, Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and was an associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan. Julian served on several boards including Mercy Health and Teach for Australia.
Julian is a person of faith and is committed to a strong diverse Australia. Julian is the first Jewish person elected to the House of Representatives from New South Wales for the Liberal Party.
Julian is passionate about the Australian Constitution and proud of its link to the electorate of Berowra. In 1891 a group including Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton, and the first Chief Justice of the High Court Sir Samuel Griffith, took the steamer Lucinda up the Hawkesbury from Brooklyn and completed the first draft of the Australian Constitution.