Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens

Ursula Stephens

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Senator for New South Wales

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2001 (term began 1.7.2002) and 2007. Defeated at general elections 2013 (term ended 30.6.2014).

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Parliamentary positions

  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.11 to 30.6.14.

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Ministerial appointments

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.
  • Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion from 3.12.07 to 25.2.09.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: House from 1.7.02 to 27.9.10; Library from 18.11.04 to 1.7.05; Regulations and Ordinances from 30.9.10 to 1.7.11; Senators' Interests from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13; Privileges from 21.6.12 to 11.11.13.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional: References Committee from 1.7.02 to 4.12.03; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References Committee from 1.7.02 to 1.7.05 and Legislation Committee from 18.11.04 to 1.7.05; Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 24.6.03 (Chair, References Committee from 26.6.03) to 11.9.06; Economics from 11.9.06 to 11.2.08; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 1.7.05 to 13.9.05 and from 30.9.10 to 11.11.13 and References Committee from 1.7.05 to 13.9.05; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.11 to 30.6.14; Environment and Communications: References Committee from 12.11.13 to 30.6.14.
  • Senate Select: Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04; Australia's Food Processing Sector from 1.7.11 to 16.8.12; Cyber-Safety from 27.6.13 to 30.8.13.
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 1.7.02 to 31.8.04 and from 12.11.13 to 30.6.14; Corporations and Financial Services from 26.10.10 to 7.2.12; Intelligence and Security from 7.7.11 to 5.8.13; Human Rights from 13.3.12 to 30.6.14.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.02 to 1.7.05; National Broadband Network from 24.3.11 to 16.3.12; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.11 to 30.6.14; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 4.12.13 to 30.6.14.
  • Joint Select: DisabilityCare from 18.6.13 to 5.8.13.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Turkey and Ireland, October 2005.
  • Official visit to Italy, October 2010.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Panama, April 2011.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland, Germany and Austria, October 2011.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Uganda and Kazakhstan, March-April 2012.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Spain, Germany and USA, April-May 2012.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, May 2012.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development (Senate) from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Water from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition (Social and Community Affairs) from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

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Party positions

  • Member, ALP National Executive.
  • Member, Labor Women's Network National Executive from 2000.
  • President, ALP (NSW) October 2002-June 2006.

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Personal

  • Born 7.7.1954, Wicklow, Ireland.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • DPA (Canberra), DipT (Goulburn CAE); BEd (SACAE).
  • Teacher 1974-92.
  • Small business operator 1992-96.
  • Senior Project Officer, NSW Premier's Dept. 1997-2001.

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