Marise Payne (1981) Congratulations to Old Girl Marise Payne (1981) who was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2018. A Senator since 1997, Marise Payne was formerly Minister for Defence from 2015 to 2018. Marise graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Laws from the University of NSW. In 1987 Marise became NSW Young Liberal President before going on to become the first female Federal President in 1989. Away from politics, she is a passionate NRL and AFL fan, an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Australia, spends as much time as she can in the Southern Highlands and she cooks for therapy. Marise is also a keen horse owner and racing enthusiast. – Content extracted from Lucis, June 2014.