Marise Payne is the longest-serving female Liberal Senator for New South Wales(since 1997) in the history of Australia for over 25 years and counting. Marise has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs(2018-2022) in the Morrison Government, as well as the Minister for Women(2019-2022). Payne was born and raised in Sydney’s suburbs by her parents, mother Ann Noreen, and father, William Elliott Payne, who was a World War II veteran.
Since her younger days, Marise Payne was always into Politics, as she joined the Liberal Party in 1982 and was State President of the New South Wales Young Liberals as well as the first female to hold that position from 1987 to 1988. Marise was also the first female to hold the cabinet of Minister of Defence in 2015, where she oversaw large-scale developments, which included the delivery of the Defence White Paper and the formation of a $200 Billion defense material program. The article also further sheds light on Marise Payne’s Partner and details and current news of her personal and professional life.
Who Is Marise Payne’s Partner?
Marise Payne has been involved in politics since we and she as well can remember. Politicians seldom get to enjoy their personal life as they are always in the eye of the media, much like celebrities. Marise Payne has been in a long-term committed relationship with domestic partner Stuart Ayres, whom she met in 2007 when they were campaigning together at the federal elections. They have been together for over a decade now and are soon supposed to get married.
Stuart Ayres is also an Australian politician like his better half, Marise Payne. Stuart has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since June 19, 2010. He represents the electorate of Penrith while serving as a member of the Liberal Party. Ayers has also served as the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney, as well as the Minister for Trade and Industry from October to December 2021. Stuart was also the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party for the Perrottet Ministry from October 2021 to August 2022.
Marise Payne and Stuart Ayres Together
Marise Payne and her partner Stuart Ayres have an age gap of 16 years, Marise being the elder one. Although that is no matter of an issue between them. The couple together has always been seen as a cute love couple when seen in the public eye. However, Stuart comes from a different background in relation to that of Marise.
Stuart Ayres, as a young man, was heavily invested in the sports sector in Australia. Ayres has a degree in sports business from the Australian College of Physical Education, and after that, he worked as a development officer for the Australian Football League. Later on, Stuart joined the staff of Lindsay, and Jackie Kelly, who was the Minister of Sport and Tourism during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Unlike Marise, Stuart was late to join the political scenario in Australia. He was elected to the Penrith state in 2010. He met Marise during the 2007 federal election, as mentioned earlier, and since then have been together to date. In 2010, Marise and Stuart were building a home in Mulgoa together, where they currently reside together.
The Power Couple Current Updates
In a matter of three months, the political situation for the premiere power couple has seen a steep downfall respectively. On August 4, 2022, Stuart Ayres stepped down from the cabinet and, moreover, quit his role as the Deputy Leader, and Payne suffered a massive blow when her party lost the federal election, and she went from being the Foreign Minister to a regular Senator. This also meant that there was a drastic fall in their joint salaries as well. Ayres’ earnings took a steep fall from $333,072 to $172,576. Similarly, Payne also suffered a tumble in her earnings from $364,410 to $217,060.
Even though Marise Payne is the longest-serving female senator in the history of Australian Politics, it does not guarantee her spot as a senator any sort of safety, with many pretenders gunning for her spot. Similarly, Stuart Ayres’ position is also in danger as his seat only holds a 1.3 percent margin in Penrith.